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November 08, 2007

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Igor Belanov

I think you can identify with many of Graham Greene's characters precisely because they were multi-dimensional and flawed people, not unrealistic super-heroes or evil villains. That was one of his major assets in my opinion, the fact that you COULD sympathize with the vast majority of his characters even if you didn't agree with what they did or thought. Unless you're thinking of a totally different Greene...

chris strange

Given the historical evidence that almost everything is better now than it was in the past thanks to technological progress it is fairly safe to extrapolate that things will be even better in the future than they are now. So if we had a rational pre-life insurance system, as has been argued or here many times, as shouldn't the people in the future be compensating us for living now? Therefore, if anything, it is the people in the future that have a duty to us in the present.

john b

"Given the historical evidence that almost everything is better now than it was in the past thanks to technological progress it is fairly safe to extrapolate that things will be even better in the future than they are now."

I'm sure a Roman in AD200 would agree with you.

(and I agree with Igor on Waugh)

chris strange

And they would be right, given enough time.

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