I would like to take this opportunity to put down a few thoughts that I have been having recently on...well...pretty much everything actually! We are
now living in a rapidly changing world. A period of future history which is in a state of constant flux, moving at an unprecedentedly swift pace. We
are blessed to be born into a time of countless wonders. So here they are, my 7 wonders of the modern world. Feel free to add your own below!
1. The Internet Connects Everyone to Everyone Else
Undoubtedly the internet is the greatest invention of our time and in years to come may very well be considered as important as the development of
fire, the rise of agriculture and the wheel.
I'm hungry. A few taps on the keyboard of my laptop and In 30 minutes a delicious hot pizza will arrive at my door. I don't need to give them cash,
I paid online too.
My cousin lives in a small village in the South of Kenya. I want to speak to her. So I boot up my laptop, switch on the webcam and she may as well be
in the room with me.
2.The United Nations
Like Team America; World Police, you may love them, you may find them irritating, but the U.N. represents the very first time that mankind has joined
together regardless of religion, race or nationality to create a genuine, global force for good. They may bicker and make mistakes, but the idea
itself can surely not be disputed.
3. Air Travel
My cousin really does live in Kenya. If I had been born in 1884 not 1984 then if I wanted to visit her I would be spending at least 3 weeks on a boat
to Mombasa. Now though, I can fly from London to Nairobi in 8 hours. On particularly slow days I've been known to spend longer than that
4. Modern Medicine
I initially entitled this paragraph simply "Medicine" but "Medicine" (this time imagine I'm irritatingly doing the quote marks with my fingers) has
been around for centuries. Some of it good, some of it AWFUL, but by the standards of doctors even 100 years ago, modern medicine is nothing short of
This time, imagine I had been born in 1584 not 1984. I have a fever and have been coughing for days. The physician visits and instantly identifies
that my humours are not balanced. He cuts me open and drains out some blood and maybe some bile. I should be fine now. By the following morning I have
died from blood loss sustained while being treated for a bad cold.
Now imagine I had been born in 1484. I have a head ache. No problem for the doctor who drills a hole in my skull to let the demon out. And with only a
60% chance of permanent brain damage.
Fast forward to 2013. I have a chronic stomach ache. The doctor refers me to another person who deals only with stomachs. He sees that there is an
ulcer by putting a camera down my throat and taking a look himself. A quick course of antibiotics and a few weeks of a special diet and I am fine. He
didn't even have to let the demon out.
So there are four to get you started, It will be interesting to see what everybody comes up with. Go forth and discuss!
edit on 17-12-2013 by elevatedone because: (no reason given)