Sometimes you've gotta cut a storyteller some slack: turn down the critical faculties and just listen. It doesn't always pay off; frequently things just get silly or incredible or pointless. But once in a while a new world unfolds. OK, a lion can't talk --- but if he could, how would he think and what would he say? Sure, we're not going to travel to the stars any time soon --- but if we could, what would we see? Yeah, there aren't any magic rings --- but if there were, what risks would their use entail? We can, in the best of circumstances, return to earth from such flights with rich new perspectives on our actual lives.

Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 11:14:13 (EDT) = Datetag20000520


(correlates: SeeingThought, Memorial Day, OnDelegation, ...)