…re actually solving a problem or just creating more headaches, integration problems, and confusion. We are drowning in technology that was created for its own sake, then aggressively marketed, lobbied, and otherwise pushed to reluctant consumers.
Carl Sagan would likely tell you that the shared reality we all live in with each other still matters. In fact, it’s the only thing that matters, and all that the vastness of the universe does is remind us to keep this shared reality organized in a way that makes it more bearable.
In a flash of a moment, Frederic goes from having everything to nothing. There are no words that can do what he experiences any justice. The world has nothing to offer but silence. When the inevitable occurs, he ignores what the nurses tell him he can and can’t do, walking into the hospital room to hold Catherine’s lifeless body. And this, finally, is where Hemingway reveals himself, ending with the least satisfying final line I’ve ever read: