I remember growing up in the 1960s with a rotary phone, you know the kind that weighed about ten pounds, (that came in black or black) and had a wheel and numbers on it to dial a phone number. We used it to communicate with our friends, family, and neighbours. It was that or write letters on paper with a pen or pencil. Or we also could go visit. We did not have any other way to talk to people in the rural community where I grew up.
Funny how things have changed. We now have email, Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, computers, and the Internet, just to name a few of the ways we can communicate with our friends, family, neighbours, and strangers alike. Some people still don’t have these devices and technologies, but increasingly, they are becoming fewer and farther between.
Yet, when you look around, read the paper, watch cable or satellite TV, you can still see evidences of poverty, hunger, and famine on this planet. We have the technology, resources, and the funds to feed every single man, woman, and child on planet Earth every day with three hot meals, for their entire lives and give every single person a warm, or cool shelter for life. We have the medical capabilities to cure most ailments, heal many diseases that used to be fatal, and the ability to make people who are terminally ill comfortable till they pass on. We have the means, but not the desire to heal the planet. We have the technology and the means to stop all the wars and rumours of wars. Yet …
So, we have, indeed, come a long way from the Garden of Eden and from the hunter and gatherer societies of the past to this world of technological marvels beyond the wildest dreams of the people who lived in the 19th century in the Industrial Revolution. But, we have grown very little, if at all.
So, again, we have come a long, long way,
but we haven’t made any progress,
so, what’s up with that!?