LAZY AMERICA I am surprised by the number of people who think going to the moon or sending a human to Mars somehow represents scientific progress, technological innovation and the advancement of…
I am surprised by the number of people who think going to the moon or sending a human to Mars somehow represents scientific progress, technological innovation and the advancement of civilization.
Most Americans have convinced themselves that exploring outer space is somehow equivalent to an earlier time in our history when we discovered electricity; and invented the telephone, automobiles, and airplanes.
From the time we achieved the amazing feat of putting a man on the moon, creativity and innovation have been on the decline.
There was that brief period when the invention of computers, cell phones, and the Internet changed our lives. These innovations certainly reflected creativity, entrepreneurship, and our thirst for disruptive technologies. Unfortunately, the silicon valley revolution has also sown the seeds of society's decline.
Americans, and for that matter the rest of the world, have become apathetic, pessimistic, and alienated. We have replaced passion and vision with comfort, illusion, and maintaining the status quo. From this perspective, it's easy to see why the slogan, "Make America Great Again" resonates with so many people. But our MAGA ideas reflect our laziness not our ambition. Our national politics has been replaced by a reality TV show starring an actor playing the role of Predident.
America's great vision has been reduced to repeating what we have already accomplished: Go to the moon. Our idea of technological progress is to invent new technologies that will enable us to be lazier than we already are: think driverless cars.
Our creativity is focused on sending a human to the dead planet Mars to take pictures and dig holes; a job that is already being performed by robots.
America has quietly surrendered its leadership as the vanguard of modernization and human progress. We care more about making the lazy, wealthy class richer; producing as much polluting fuel as possible; and creating simulated, passive drama through fantasy movies, video games, reality TV; and our favorite pastime of obsessively staring into our electronic devices.
We have convinced ourselves these distractions represent the latest in human progress when in fact our society is stagnant and half asleep, numbed by opioids, marijuana, alcohol, over eating, and the constant barrage of television propaganda.
The next "moon mission" should be addressing global warming; but that's too hard. It would require us to collectivrly get off our lazy, apathetic asses and reignite genuine creativity and innovation that will save our planet.