The Pompeii effect
While you were on Facebook or tweeting…
1. Something big hit Jupiter, saviour of Earth.
2. The tiger population of India fell to under 1000
Since first reading the bible (give it a whirl, it is extremely interesting, perceptive and thought provoking) I have always wondered what lay behind the various laws within. Some were (are) obvious, such as avoiding the consumption of specific meats or not hitting your neigbour with a big stick to steal his camel. After all, way back then, due to prevailing lifestyles and weather conditions (hot), eating specific types of meat may have risked food poisoning. (Am trying to validate if pork is discouraged by some religions because pigs can tell when they are going to die and produce a lot of adrenaline that we then consume.) Other laws, such as those related to sexual relations and such personal matters were less clear cut. Were they based on instinctive human feelings towards specific behavior and/or grounded on rock solid scientific concepts that people would have been too poorly educated to grasp back then? (Leaders probably realised that it was best to instill the fear of the almighty in the people until humanity developed a little further and subsequently became enlightened though scientific discovery.)
Either way, after studying Pompeii where a fornicating population were roasted mid fondle, one begins to see what those wise old thinkers of the past were getting at.
Hun, what was that rumble? Or are you just happy to see me?
If we (and our other living companions) are to survive (for how long would be another interesting subject to debate!), then a proportion of us will need to be on the ball 24/7 with a mix of compassion, concern and a plan of action. And no, we cannot let our computers do all the work. They are not very good at dealing with the unexpected, as a specific European aircraft manufacturer has been reminded this year more than once.
If the Australian amateur astronomer who just happened to spot that blotch on Jupiter the other day had remained glued to the TV watching his native cricket team be trashed by ours, we may have never known about the impact. If something was headed towards Earth and we missed it for similar reasons, a lot more people would have been roasted mid fondle.
The point I’m making is that if we are having too much fun for elongated periods of time, we may forget to remain smart and keep an eye on issues until it is too late. Currently, people are so obsessed with their presence on the Internet or spending so much time talking about issues (rather than being pro-active), that we are losing the concrete intellectual foundations with which to inspire and power the future of life on Earth. The evidence is already there with the massive debts in Western nations who are no longer innovating and creating national wealth. (Except for Apple, Inc. and a too few others.)
Fight back club: Unplug. Watch your back. Get proactive.
Strange posting, but hopefully throught provoking. For my part, in the 1980s when first becoming interested in matters green, I purchased two different areas of rain forrest and have the certificates of ownership. More recently, my employer is thinking of a few ideas to make sustainable energy viable to the old school crowd (who have the cash to invest) and I have a few ideas on how to (possibly!) deter an Earth bound rock. In fact, in the 1990s while residing in Palo Alto, a colleague and I created some 3D simulations as part of my ‘hard fish’ asteroid capturing concept. May be time to run the idea by some experts for them to – uhm, shoot down?