Could you and I with Him conspire
To grasp this Sorry Scheme of Things entire,
Would not we shatter it to bits—and then
Remold it nearer to the Heart’s Desire!
|--Edward Fitzgerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam|
IN THIS CHAPTER
We live in a world of rapid and relentless obsolescence: a car is worth a fraction of the selling price as soon as you drive it off the lot; our cell phones come and go like streetcars; a computer is practically obsolete after the first boot. Faced with this inevitable decay, most people chuck the old and ring in the new: The lease is up? Great, let’s ...