Creation is built upon the promise of hope, that things will get better, that tomorrow will be better than the day before. But it's not true. Cities collapse. Populations expand. Environments decay. People get ruder. You can't go to a movie without getting in a fight with the guy in the third row who won't shut up. Filthy streets. Drive-by shootings. Irradiated corn. Permissible amounts of rat-droppings per hot dog. Bomb blasts and body counts. Terror in the streets, on camera, in your living room. AIDS and Ebola and hepatitis B and you can't touch anyone because you're afraid that you'll catch something besides love and nothing tastes as good anymore and Christopher Reeve is in a wheelchair and love is statistically false. Pocket nukes and subway anthrax. You grow up frustrated, you live confused, you age frightened and you die alone. Safe terrain moves from your city to your block to your yard to your home to your living room to the bedroom and all you want is to be allowed to live without somebody breaking in to steal your TV and shove an ice-pick in your ear. That sound like a better world to you? That sound to you like a promise kept?
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This quote was added January 29, 2011.