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Originally posted by For(Home)Country
I know there are many steps that we must take before we can put people on another planet, but at least do some extensive research of the moon for goodness sakes.
Originally posted by For(Home)Country
With Christmas around the corner, and thus a New Year, i figured it may be an appropriate time to discuss a casual opinion of mine, so see what others think. A bit premature seeing as Christmas hasn't happend yet? You decide.
Inspired by a topic I saw on another site (but now the origin escapes my mind), it has occurred to me that the first 10 years of the 21st century have been rather...useless? I have only been alive for around 20 years, so I don't have much to personally compare these last ten years to, but I do know my history and know that in the past, there have been large strives in technological advancements. When I look back at what history has recorded, such as the discovery of electricity, microprocessing, the production line, and other major breakthroughs in our technology, it all seems to dwarf what has happened from 2000 to 2009. Let me explain.
I feel as if these past ten years have been lacking in well, significant gain as a society. When I look back, what do I recall as major events of the past decade?
-Well, first thing that would come to my mind would be 9/11. This isn't a topic about conspiracy, so I'll just leave it at the fact that it was a tragic event, no matter what the real story is.
-After that, the invasion of the middle east. I may not be American, but as a Canadian we still have soldiers over there, fighting a war, exhausting resources that aren't being put to efficient use.
-The war expanding from Afghanistan to Iraq.
-In Canada, we started the 21st Century with a national average price of gas around 65 cents a litre. It's almost the end of 2009 and we are hovering around 97 cents a litre.
-George Bush got a second term
-Barack Obama (First African American President) wins the 2009 presidential race. Still no major change to America. In fact, the de regulation of the free market during the Bush era has pushed the globe into a vast recession that cannot be fixed.
-Technology become cheaper and more affordable, but only marginally. It can still be produced to run much faster and supplied for even cheaper, but that would be less profitable.
-Significant gains in terms of microprocessing whereas it is possible for almost every person in the west to own a reletively powerful computer.
-Large Hadron Collider is built, but cannot be run properly.
-Conservatives take power in Canada. Not much to note here other than dull campaigns promising relief from the recession. (Liberal Party gets pwnd with their anti-carbon campgain failure)
-No real signifigant progress in climate change other than the recent email scandal and several companies profiting from "Green" branding advertising campagins and trend following.
-We land some rovers on mars. Get back pictures.
-We discover water on mars and moon.
-Still no confirmation of intelligent life elsewhere.
-GM gets a nice bailout.
-Stock Market implodes under greed, restructures itself under greed.
This list is just a few things that I have witnessed this decade, and my own cynical opinion on them, but when I really sum it up, what has this decade offered society? More political scandal, corporate greed, and slightly cheaper technology. One of the biggest projects of our time, the Large Hadron Collider hasn't even worked properly yet! We have not even landed anyone on the moon this decade, and we are still using the same spaceships to explore space as we did in the 80's!
Maybe it's just me, but other than cheaper, faster computers, and the expansion of the most useful tool Internet, nothing too great has happened this decade? Maybe life is mundane in general, but in comparison to other time periods, the stretch from 2000 to 2009 seems to me, to be one of the most politically and technologically useless decades to of happened in the past few hundred years. Maybe I'm uneducated and pesismistic, but does anyone else feel this way?