It seems to me that we are an impatient society, and getting more so by the day. We want what we want and we want it now, dammit! And the click of a mouse or the punch of a button frequently makes it possible.
When the shock wore off after the death and destruction on September 11, 2001, I must admit I marvelled at the precision of the attacks, the planning that went into them, and the patience that was so necessary to execute that plan at the precise time. Especially the patience.
I was concerned that maybe we’d lost a step. That others were hungrier, more nimble. I wondered if we had that kind of patience to devise a top-secret plan of attack, and wait until the precise and proper moment to carry it out flawlessly, or nearly so.
Now we know.