Not only was fire always dangerous as well as beneficial, so was the wheel. A spear could injure or kill your friends, not only your dinner. With clothes came not only protection but also body lice. With farming came not only a more reliable food supply but also hard, repetitive work – and plunder by hungry bandits.
Every solution creates new problems. But they can be better problems. Lesser evils. More and greater delights.
That’s what progress is. That is what is most visible today. And that is what cynicism must therefore besmirch, obfuscate and argue away if it is to make itself, and pessimism, superficially plausible.
Saturday, February 19th, 2022
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
These lovely doodles from Carla give me Fernweh for Germany.
Friday, October 6th, 2006
A German language blog devoted entirely to microformats. Klasse.
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
This brings back memories: the German equivalents of "it's a game of two halves" and "they think it's all over; it is now."