In my room, the world is
beyond my understanding;
But when I walk I see that it
Consists of three or four hills,
and a cloud.
In his Report to Greco, Nikos Kazantzakis tells us of an ancient Chinese imprecation, “I curse you; may you live in an important age.” So we are all damned, encumbered, and burdened as well as charmed, exhilarated, and fascinated by this curse. What a time! Tom Friedman in his book The Lexus and the Olive Tree tells us that the world is ten years old and what he means by that is that the Berlin Wall fell a little over ten years ago, November 9, 1989, marking the end of the Cold War. The symbol of the Cold War, he wrote, was the Wall; the symbol ...