"Looking back through history, I see no evidence for humanity making the best of things, and I think it's a pretty safe bet that's an on-going trend."
I spent many enjoyable hours sailing small boats, and can still tie a few handy knots. Consider what is needed for a pair of gloves to tie knots.
Compare to the karatand, gloves from Stand on Zanzibar (1968) by John Brunner.
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