posted on Mar, 24 2014 @ 04:03 PM
reply to post by jimmyx
Good reply. There is plenty of great stuff happening still, but it doesn't capture the popular imagination these days. Kids in the 60s wanted to be
astronauts. Kids today want to be pop stars or sports players.
I think part of it is a disillusionment with science and technology. Everyone in the 60s thought that by 2000 we'd have robot servants and flying
cars and moon bases and what have you. But by 1972 people were moaning because the moon landings were keeping their I Love Lucy reruns off the TV
schedules, and asking why money was being wasted on sending people to the moon when there were so many problems back home.
And nowadays there is so much spurious anti-science rubbish out there. Fluoride, vaccinations, "chemtrails", you name it, somebody is spouting
nonsense about it. (Funny how all these things are meant to be killing us and yet life expectancy is higher than ever!)
People have stopped thanking science for the wonderful life we have today and started fearing it and seeing it as evil (and as a side effect of that,
trying to discredit past achievements such as Apollo). It's very sad.
Not that this is stopping science from making wonderful advances; it's just that we don't hear so much about them amid the noise of popular culture.