National Geographic : 2002 Apr
FORUM may I suggest that the first unde niably historic figure to proclaim monotheism, rather than assume or inherit it, was the "heretic pharaoh" Akhenaten. His ban ishment of all other gods in the Egyptian pantheon in favor of the Aten, or sun disk, earned him the enmity of the religious estab lishment. FRANK CARSON KNEBEL San Diego, California It does seem as if we are branches of the same family squabbling among ourselves. L. MARGARET DYKES Johnson City, Tennessee Silicon Valley Living in your cubicle? Being homeless despite earning $105,000 a year? Constantly networking without really get ting to know anyone? I made less than $20,000 last year, and I feel positively rich compared with these people. Talk about the pretty landscape and the nice weather all you want. Silicon Val ley sounds like a man-made hell on Earth to me. TIMOTHY WHITE Chicago,Illinois As a high school student in India, I was inspired by your 1982 Sili con Valley article to come and try my fortune here. The new article misses the point; it does not tally the achievements of the past 20 years but focuses on the local social impact. In 1982 personal computers were still new, there was no Internet, and the global technology boom was yet to happen. The wealth created and the lives influenced since then are astounding. The revolution is no longer limited to Silicon Valley; it literally spans the globe. MALAY JALUNDHWALA San Francisco,California I find it ironic that in trying to make the world interconnected, the people of Silicon Valley are so isolated in their own time and interests. Reading the article, I felt as if I could be reading a modern version of Gibbon's Decline and Fall. I am frightened to think that the Silicon Valley lifestyle reflects that we've lost the sense of purpose in Kenne dy's "Ask not what your country can do for you." RODGER C. LEWIS Greenville, North Carolina FREE L.L.BEAN CATALOG 90 years ago, when Leon Leonwood Bean started making his own gear he knew it had to be durable and dependable, so he field-tested everything he sold. Today, we continue to field-test every item in our catalogs, just as he would have wanted. Call today for your free L.L.Bean Outdoors catalog and see what our tradition is all about. L.L.Bear start here. GO ANYWHERE. " For your free catalog call 1-800-641-2326 or go to llbean.