Saturday, March 31, 2012

We live in a time of Magic!

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
- Arthur C. Clarke

When we look at life in the United States (and many other countries) and place it within the context of human history, we are wizards!

With a few finger strokes we can instantly pull up information on any topic from a vast globe spanning library far beyond any that existed before. With a few more strokes we can instantly communicate to individuals or millions of people across the world with text, sound, pictures, and video. Or we can watch or read just about any movie or book ever written. Slim, black, pocket sized obelisks allow us to do much of this on the go. We can fly, travel the world, and avoid or recover from innumerable mortal afflictions that would otherwise have killed us not so long ago. Clean drinkable water is instantly available in our homes. Automated machines carry us comfortably in climate controlled convenience from place to place.

Our biggest challenge: how do we use our immense power? Do we hoard it privately? Or share with those less fortunate? In terms of luxury, we have advanced light years. In terms of compassion and caring for each other, while we have gotten better, we don't seem to have advanced quite so far.

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