Saturday, July 09, 2005

In future, fools will call this a Golden Age.
Perhaps it was a tarnished gold, for those in the first world. But tarnished it was.
After all, this has been the age of cheap fuel. Never again will we have such easy access to petroleum and its products. Energy, too, has been plentiful, to the point where a blackout has been cause for outrage, rather than resignation. We have had plenty of food; we have had so MUCH food that we are actually suffering from the amounts we eat. For the first time in history, we have an industry devoted to removing fat!
We have lived our lives in a world of instant gratification. We expect our entertainment available whenever we want, we want our favorite foods within reach. We even get upset when our wars are not won in months.
And with all this wealth and power, what have we accomplished?
We have the knowledge to go to the moon - and we don't. We do, however, spend enough money for 10 moon missions on watching a space mission led by Obi-Wan Kenobi.
We have a huge mutual database/communication facility called the Internet - and we use it for junk mail.
We have a large and intricate information distribution program called television - and we use it to distribute propaganda and fiction, to the point where we cannot discern true from false.
We have the means to alleviate poverty, sickness, and ignorance on a wide scale - and refuse to do so unless it enriches us.
What a wonderful folk we are. How glorious our society.

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