"Survival that night was a very tight race, and savagely simple. People who started early and moved fast had some chance of winning. People who started late or hesitated for any reason had no chance at all. Action paid. Contemplation did not."
"He said, “We’ve got to fear what we do not know. They grew up under our noses without us seeing them. And we are still in the dark. We don’t know what’s coming in the future. It is simply unacceptable that a criminal gang can order attacks against security agents, against judges, that it can attack financial institutions, that it can bring the transport system to a halt. What is a state if it cannot keep this from happening?”"
“But assigning blame can only go so far. Ultimately the accident leaves you to ponder a paradox associated with progress and modern times...The sky is just as big as it ever was, but the margin for error has shrunk. And when the systems fail? That is what happened over the Caiapós’ land. The paradox was precision. Mistakes were made, the Devil played, and two arrows touched nose to nose.”
"The choice is between a repressive society that relies on paper and a free society that can harness databases. His question—where to find liberty?—is also ours."
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