From the guy who brought us Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet: great article by Douglas Adams, one of the best documents I’ve run across in a while. Found via Doc Searls, who had a different, even better quote from it than this one:
1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
Brilliant, just brilliant. He’s pointing out, of course, that we’re part of a bigger thing here, something bigger than our own worldview. If it wasn’t for other worldviews I never would have read this…and thus affected my own.