|This is not making fun of him. We both love this character.|
We are at a critical crossroads both in this country and as a species. The choices we make for this world in the next 30 years is going to set the stage for either our survival or our demise. Within 30 years, we have to find a viable alternative to fossil fuels, find a real solution to overpopulation, figure out a way to limit the drain humans are on the resources of Earth, and lay the groundwork for real deal space exploration. We either do these things, or humanity suffers immensely.
Unfortunately, we are being blinded by petty things to see the truth. Money, greed, power, control, war, famine, etc are purely human constructs. Real sobering thoughts I have on a daily basis include such things as how did the first modern machines and the first modern tools come into existence? They were built by hand, and then those crude machines built better machines, and those machines built better machines.
Do some research on the Ford River Rouge plant and you will get a snippet of what I am talking about. Raw iron pellets came in the loading dock, and with the exception of the tires, somehow they built a car out of the raw components. Every screw, fastener, knob, axle, wheel, body panel, suspension and drive train component was created on site. That is an absolutely staggering amount of engineering and display of human ingenuity.
I used to laugh when guys like Jimmy Kimmel would feature a little survey from "people on the street" wherein they would ask a random person a ridiculously easy question such as "Who is the vice president?" or where they wanted to end the "sufferage of women" and only one person knew what it meant. I find this is more and more becoming our reality... people just not paying attention to anything. People are being distracted by all the meaningless things.
What good is it for us to participate at our fullest capacity as individuals in a society where people have no clue why Neil Armstrong is famous... but in the same breath can name every winner of American Idol and Survivor. What is really scary is that same stupid son of a bitch who doesn't know who Neil Armstrong is has the same absolute power as I do over our laws and elected officials.
At the end of the day, we are all just stuck on this floating little orb. We our losing our ability to think for ourselves and are becoming closer and closer to just being cogs in those crude machines I think about. The most important skill in a human's arsenal is the ability to learn, and we as a people are losing our grip on that.