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“It is said that the Chinese had gunpowder for many centuries but chose not to use it for war, and that the Maya put wheels on the toys of their children but chose not to build wheeled vehicles for practical use. In doing so it seems that they attempted to preserve their cultures in a state of equilibrium, rather than to push them down a road of progress toward an unknown destination, that they valued stability more than the unknowns that come with improvement.”

– Rebecca Solnit, Savage Dreams

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