I am putting this here because, first, the basic subject matter has been so worked over that I doubt it would attract much mainpage attention. But
also, because I am seeking something more than the standard conspiracy theory approach... I mean, once you read this, does it not become clear as
being hit in the head with a ball peen hammer?
Ahem... excuse my terminology.
Anyway, seeking relaxed and civil discussion on how we came so doggone far so fast to then get bogged down here...
* * * Broken Down on the Side of the Road * * *
Prior to the late 18th century, mankind's technology for almost every endeavor involved wood or stone for construction and firepit, animal and wind
power for manufacture and travel. This had gone on for over two thousand years.
Then, suddenly, we moved on to steam power and working with iron.
Thousands of years with little real change...
Steam and iron led to great advancements in electricity and the use of steel in almost every quarter. Suddenly, buildings began shooting into the sky
and trains crossed entire continents while our ships ceased depending on sails to cross entire oceeans.
Next came powered flight and ground transport... we call them automobiles.
Propellers gave way to jey engines, wood burning steam engines moved on to coal and then oil powered turbines.
After thousands of years of going nowhere... we made this leap to land where we are today in under 200 years. Amazing... but, how?
How did a species locked for so long under the canvas sail and hoofs of animals suddenly escape?
It's good thinking material but before you go there, consider this... our pace of advancement has again slowed.
It took less than 50 years to go from the prop to the jet but now, we are stuck with that jet. We saw the rise of the internal cumbustion engine but
it's been over a century and we're still stuck with that, too.
Some technology is leaping ahead by... well, leaps and bounds but other stuff? Stagnation.
How do we learn to build robots to roam the planet Mars but still find ourselves using petroleum in old gasoline fire-driven engines? How do we build
computers that can solve incredibly complex technical problems faster than the human mind... but still depend on jet engines that require oil-based
Where would we be today if we had the freedom to escaope oil?
Are we being held back or are we at the end of our advance?
Mankind will never leave this planet to explore the stars using a gas-powered ship. Humanity will never rise above the current form of classifications
of nations based on wealth and prosperity while harnessed to limitations of available energy.
In sum... we are not free - none of us - to choose our future. We may well be prisoners of those who basically feel ownership over us and wish never
to surrender that position. But even if that is so, how do we escape without destroying all that we must have to take that next step?
From the gallop and wind to the roar of engines and jets... to the nausiating reality of eternal polution and entrapment... in the mid 20th century.
One final note... if we are to be here forever, can we PLEASE recycle a few classic cars like the 67 Mustang, the 57 Chevy and something... anything
on wheels that doesn't look like a pregnant egg?