“freedom by fleeing,” the tendency in the post-sparsening civilization “to solve problems by dilution” — homeopathically: not to confront but flee, let it all take care of itself; “our gaseous preoccupation with vastness,” our huge bubbles of inviolable personal space, the fragility of hugs that snap into leaving on a tiniest discomfort or fear thereof: “sad late people <> traded in their ancestors' stubborn freedom for bleakish fleedom.”

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