Apartheid's cities, ruined by the advent of democracy and white flight, have afforded, however fragilely
, new modes of urban life and living to emerge--new residents set up shop, new signs appear, walls are painted over, rebuilt or torn down; structures take over pavements, parks become soccer fields, parking basements become churches, the fabric of the city is rearranged.
Theories of astronomy and geology and biology that enable us to perceive a universe immeasurably more vast than we had earlier imagined, an earth far more constantly in ferment from the powerful interactions among tectonic plates than we appreciated until very recently, and an ecology far more complexly developed and more fragilely
interconnected than ages before us realized, all these scientific perspectives address and can only address the interconnecting causes and effects of beings that have been or are now already in existence.
What is worse, Diamond chooses to apply his fragilely
spun explanations to warding off environmental collapse in the future.
He is the mainstay around which India's strong batting line-up build their impetus and momentum - get Tendulkar early and the other talented batsmen are all too fragilely
To the extent that they are making the point that all authority rests fragilely
on acceptance by its subjects, and that the content-independent reasons that authority provides are themselves fragile because they are deeply paradoxical, then we agree with them.