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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Excerpts from Toffler's "Future Shock" - II

..... if the last 50,000 years of man's existence were divided into lifetimes of approximately sixty-two years each, there have been about 800 such lifetimes. Of these 800, 650 were spent in caves.
.....Only during the last six lifetimes did masses of men ever see a printed word.

.....Indeed, not only do contemporary events radiate instantaneously.
.....We are caught in what might be called a "time skip."

.....We no longer "feel" life as men did in the past.
.....For this acceleration lies behind the impermanence - the transcience - that penetrates and tinctures our consciousness, radically affecting the way we relate to other people, to things, to the entire universe of ideas, art and values.

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