Stuart Brand Re: Playing God well

Steve Witham (
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 22:37:06 -0400

John K Clark <> writes:

>I want to play God and I think I'd be good at it. A vacuum needs filling

I just got a couple Fall 1969 copies of the Whole Earth Catalog. I think
the following statement by Stuart Brand was in there from the first edition:


We *are* as gods and might as well get good at it. So far, remotely done
power and glory--as via government, big business, formal education,
church--has succeeded to the point where gross defects obscure actual
gains. In response to this dilemma and to these gains a realm of intimate,
personal power is developing--power of the individual to conduct his own
education, find his own inspiration, shape his own environment, and
share his adventure with whoever is interested. Tools that aid this
process are sought and promoted by the WHOLE EARTH CATALOG.

The back cover has the word "FURTHER" in giant letters, streaking up and
away from the little photo of the Earth, and underneath the Earth in tiny
letters: "closer."


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"At the latter I was informal, at the former I wore my suit,
 I wore my swimming suit."  --Kate & Anna McGarrigle