"If the world's population, which has doubled in our lifetime, doubles again in the middle of the next century, how could anyone hope to escape the catastrophic consequences---the wrath to come? _______what will be lost, and what saved, of our civilization probably lies beyond our powers to decide. No human group has ever figured out how to design its future. That future may be germinating not in a boardroom in London or an office in Washington* or a bank in Tokyo, but in some antic outpost or other---a kindly British orphanage in the grim foothills of Peru, a house for the dying in a back street of Calcutta run by a fiercely single-minded Albanian nun, an easygoing French medical team at the starving edge of the Sahel, a mission to Somalia by irish social workers who remember their own Great Hunger, a nursery program to assist convict-mothers at a New York prison---in some unheralded corner where a great-hearted human being is committed to loving outcasts in an extraordinary way."
~How the Irish Saved Civilization
* see Yeats the Second Coming
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