Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

Parking at the Grand Canyon; ca.1914

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Did our ancestors have balls of steel or were they just stupid?

“It took a lot of grit to drive the car right towards that fearful plunge, but Mr. Wing, who handled the wheel, had every confidence in the car and its control, and did not put on the breaks until the front wheels were right at the very edge of the precipice.”

“I confess that it made me shudder with apprehension, as I watched him, so cool and confident, driving where one little slip would mean a plunge of two thousand feet into the gorge below; and when he finally said, ” that will do, let’s chuck block her,” I was only too glad to slip a good sized rock in front of the rear wheel, so we could leave the car and size up the situation for a photograph.”

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One response

  1. James Ginn

    I think they were often very simple people who thought somehow that they would just walk away if they fell off a cliff or a high building.

    February 14, 2015 at 2:07 am

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