What does it take to shock our culture? Here’s an intriguing (and somewhat prophetic) suggestion from Neal Stephenson:

He had some measure the infuriating trait that causes a young man to be a noncomformist for its own sake, and found that the surest way to shock most people, in those days, was to believe that some kinds of behavior were bad and others good, and that it was reasonable to live one’s life accordingly.

-Page 20, “The Diamond Age,” written in 1995

h/t Instapundit.


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