We are fast approaching a time when the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction will be a trivial undertaking; the requisite information and technology are now seeping into every corner of the world. As the physicist Martin Rees points out, “We are entering an era where a single person can, by one clandestine act, cause millions of deaths or render a city uninhabitable for years. . . .” Given the power of our technology, we can see at a glance that aspiring martyrs will not make good neighbors in the future. We have simply lost the right to our myths, and to our mythic identities.
– Sam Harris from The End of Faith