Individuals are sacred. The world, the state, the church, the school, all are felons whenever they violate the sanctity of the private heart.
Little in life is as precious as the freedom to say and do things with people you love that you would not say or do if someone else were present.
JANNA MALAMUD SMITH
The previous chapter depicted a civilization arming itself with tools of openness, diversity, and accountability, a theme that will be taken up again later in the book. But other factors may prove critical in determining our future, for instance, whether people can maintain their spirit and morale in a technological age that keeps thrusting challenges their way. Ours is a nosy era, in which each day seems to force more intrusions -- by governments, corporations, ex-lovers, busybodies, news reporters, or worrisome strangers -- encroaching on our sense of serenity and solitude.
Later in this chapter we will talk about privacy in more general terms -- how it affects people personally, and how the law has (or has not) adjusted