Monday, October 06, 2008
We're in an age where it seems as if anything could be possible. We have gently swushing sidewalks that move us in airports, instant communication across miles at the touch of a button or slight voice prompt, gadgets in our kitchens that replace hours of manual labor, and roaring vehicles that dash from one point to the next with reliability and comfort. We have a seemingly limitless supply of information at our whim and wish- on everything from underwater microbiology to the worship practices of ancient cultures we'll never need to know about. This is truly a Golden Age of progress, technology, and learning. We have medical advances that people never dreamed of, and the medicine goes far beyond mere bodily function and crosses into matters of the mind and soul, it seems.
Yet somehow, in the midst of all of this, mankind is regressing. Not all, of course, but I look at the progresses we've made in learning and education and wonder where things went wrong for many industrialized nations, especially the USA and UK. I've compiled a list of the things that I feel our society is losing grip of, abstract things that need to be found and tagged and set on a museum shelf for future generations to ponder..."
The Urban Rebellion: Great Losses of the Twenty-First Century