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When Pigs Fly

Imagine a world in which the threat of nuclear annihilation is a distant nightmare of the past, and people wonder how their ancestors – that’s us – could have been so inhuman as to threaten genocide. That world is so hard to imagine from our current vantage point that many people would say, “That will happen when pigs fly.” When confronted with inconceivable ideas, a friend of mine used to have a similar expression: “That will happen when the Berlin Wall comes down.” Until shortly before the Wall was breached in 1989, that seemed as ridiculous as pigs flying, but after it occurred, my friend told me he was going to have to re-evaluate a number of seemingly impossible events. Maybe the inconceivable really is possible! Continue reading

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