In 2000, Henry Janeway told Shannon O'Donnel that he felt he had been born in the wrong millennium. When he brought up great literature, she countered with "no antibiotics." This began a series of points and counterpoints contrasting the classical age with the modern age:
- "Families who'd take care of one another."
- "No cars."
- "Air you can breathe."
- "No telephones."
- "What a pleasure."
- "Shorter life spans."
- "Lives that were worth living."