|LibraryThing:||Title:Postman WorkId 19121|
It was as if the seeds of civilization needed more than goodwill and the dreams of aging high school graduates to water them. Gordon often wondered if the right symbol might do the trick -- the right idea. But he knew his little dramas, however well received, weren't the key. They might trigger a beginning, once in a great while, but local enthusiasm always failed soon after. He was no travelling messiah. The legends he offered weren't the kind of sustenance needed in order to overcome the inertia of a dark age.
Post-apocalyptic USA... what they need is hope.
This is a story with one scintilating, glowing idea.