mass destruction: a trivial undertaking, fueled by myths

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

“The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason” (Sam Harris)

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