" science is beginning to encroach on every level of our volition". and to me, that is a frightening social concept. it doesn't have anything to do with the right to have an abortion verses the right to life. it has to do with the ability of science to keep things alive and the ability of science to really control our lives.
He felt his heart pounding fiercely in his chest. How strange that in his dread of death, it pumped all the harder, valiantly keeping him alive. But it would have to stop, and soon. Its beats were numbered. How many would there be time for, as he rose and walked through the castle for the last time, out into the grounds and into the forest?
For unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. There is no point whatever in making plans for a future which you will never be able to enjoy. When your plans mature, you will still be living for some other future beyond. You will never, never be able to sit back with full contentment and say, "now, i've arrived!" your entire education has deprived you of this capacity because it was preparing you for the future, instead of showing you how to be alive now.
You're alive!" percy said to the others. "the giants said you were captured. what happened?" leo shrugged. "oh, just another brilliant plan by leo valdez. you'd be amazed what you can do with an archimedes sphere, a girl who can sense stuff underground, and a weasel." "i was the weasel," frank said glumly.