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// Eli Hunt via Email responding to amaretto01 (Apr 14/08)
In response to:
Dear Mr. Eli Hunt~
My name is Monique, and I'm a student at the University of Queensland here in Australia. I am currently studying for a Masters in International Relations, and I just wanted to say that I am thoroughly impressed by your podcasts on the Ancient Olympics. And since I am studying how different cultures and nations interact, I was especially intrigued by your Pangaea theory.
When the possibility is put out there that maybe Pangaea is our future rather than our past, it is incredible to me to think of how the different cultures and nation-states would interact, once the physical distance no longer separates the world into "us" and "them." Have you come across these possibilities at all?
I know you hail from Britain, but I was wondering if there would be any chance you might be giving a speech or two in Australia? I realise you are quite a busy man, and are busy with research, but it would be wonderful if you did give a lecture somewhere on this island continent.
Thanks for your time!
Dear Monique,
I am startled by your email. It strikes me that there is some optimisim in your interpretation of what it would mean to return to a state of Pangaea. I have had a very discouraging week, and so your optimsim breathes some life into my mission.
While I still believe that a new Pangaea would wreak global devastation, purely as a inevitable consequence of geographic upheaval, I can imagine that geoglobal politics would be transformed as well. Perhaps for the better, at least for those who survived.
Thank you for raising an interesting possibility. In fact, now as I ponder it, I wonder if perhaps you have shown me a truth I have been looking for. A motivation I had missed. Well. I am most grateful to you.
Sincerely yours,
Eli Hunt
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