For a Westerner to trash Western culture is like criticizing our nitrogen/oxygen atmosphere on the grounds that it sometimes gets windy, and besides, Jupiter’s is much prettier. You may not realize its advantages until you’re trying to breathe liquid methane.

Neal Stephenson (b. 1959) American novelist
“In the Kindom of Mao Bell”, Wired, #2.02 (Feb 1994)

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