I don't generally link to things that I haven't really had the time to read myself. But there are some objects out in the universe that will be good no matter what. This little gift to the world from McSweeney's is one such object.
Two essays about the nature of progress and leaving the cradle, the former penned by Arthur C. Clarke, the latter by Lawrence Weschler. Go. Read. Be amazed.
You'll thank me later.