From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:32:28 -0000 Archived: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:55:00 -0500 Subject: On The Brink Of Colossal Cataclysmic Change Hello List, Jan Morris: 'We're On The Brink Of Colossal, Cataclysmic Change' I have read one or two of her 'foreign country' novels and they were quite thoughtful. Even so this interview was surprising. From The Independent, UK http://tinyurl.com/6bzeczt Monday, 14 March 2011 [Extract begins] ----- "I have this strong feeling that we're on the brink of some colossal change, some cataclysmic, indeed cosmic change. Look at the world in the last five years, the pace of change at every level. The technology, Twitter, Facebook, the internet, is so astonishing, it's unlike anything we've ever experienced before. I have reached the conclusion that what's going to happen is..." A silence hung in the air. It was like the last moments of the X Factor only more, you know, open-ended. What? "We're going to discover, very soon, that we're not alone in this universe." Holy mackerel. You believe there's life on another planet? "We're going to discover there are sentient beings in the galaxy. When it happens, the psychological effects will be phenomenal. We'll have to start again. Forget Libya. Forget Cameron. This is really big stuff. And it's going to happen, not in my lifetime, but in yours." Can she be serious? "Of course, if you articulate this view, as I've discovered," she said equably, "you're called a Millennialist. 'Oh,' they say. 'She's bonkers, she's gone off her head.' But I haven't. I believe in the sentient beings. But who they are, or where they are, that's not my business." Oh come now. If ever a global civilisation needed a representative to talk to an alien race about its urban triumphs, and about the need for kindness at a cosmic, intergalactic level, it's Jan Morris. But judging by her present form, the civilisation inspector (OfCiv?) will certainly be around long enough to see the invaders arrive and depart. ----- [Extract Ends] Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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