If there is any period one would desire to be born in, is it not the age of revolution;
When the old and the new stand side by side and admit of being compared;
When the energies of all men [and women] are searched by fear and by hope;
When the historic glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era?
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, An American Scholar -