CHAPTER 6

Living with Strangers

FROM AN OPEN TO A CLOSED WORLD

Change at any one place affects happenings elsewhere. This, at least in theory, has been an ongoing process since the beginning of human civilisation. In the earlier days the effect took a long time to travel.1 Moreover, the intensity of the change was seldom of any significance. In general the feeble changes did not produce sufficiently strong ripple effect that could travel far. Moreover, the developments and inventions were mostly isolated affairs without the benefit of collateral changes. They thus created only a local change in their surroundings and faded away, often forgotten. Today the situation is very different. In the modern world, the effects of new developments interact ...

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