From the recent postmodern history we have seen that the old ways of dealing with violent conflicts through the single state power proved to be in most cases violent and tragic. In the new multi-polar world of the 21st century, accepting diversity and equality of nations becomes a more important concept.
While Beckett once advised another writer to stop "blazing away at the microcosmic moon," it's sometimes an irresisitible temptation to try to "flush the coverts of the microglot," as J.L. Austin put it (in "A Plea for Excuses"). And why resist it?
You sit in your office annoyed that your students were surfing the web during your lecture. And now your friend calls while he chomps away at his chicken sandwich. Outside your window a dad nudges his son’s stroller with his belly while texting. And your daughter complains that recess has been reduced to one ten-minute period.
Pauline Manford’s schedule is the first thing you need to know about her. Her schedule is her attribute: St. Paul had his sword, Pauline has the 1920s forerunner of iCal. In Edith Wharton’s Twlight Sleep (1927), it is not a gadget that keeps the wealthy protagonist on task; it is rather an intelligent, working-class, overly capable secretary—a woman, of course.