Friday, June 18, 2010

A Fast Pace and a Slow Death

Forgive my idle musing, but I wonder what all our modern conveniences are doing to us? Many years ago I read a book by Alvin Toffler (Future Shock). The book examines the effects of rapid industrial and technological changes upon the individual, the family, and society. Do not get me wrong, I understand and need many of our modern conveniences. Again, I cannot help wondering at what price.

We are making such fast technological advances that your cell phone that you paid top dollar today, will only be good for one, maybe two years tops. It then becomes antiquated and un-fixable. The issue is really this. What about all the product waste? See we are building faster then we can reclaim or recycle. So where is all that toxic waste going? We cannot burn it, bury it, or cast it into the sea without any long term effects.

Who could live without plastics? But plastics are not biodegradable. And it doesn't seem to be enough profit in it, so that there are numerous recycling plants. Let's not even broach the topic of fossil fuels and their byproducts.

All of us are aware of the recent tragic environment accident taking place in the Gulf. Do we stay with the traditional lifestyle or do we being to search out new methods for our future? And who is it that makes that decision, the people or our government? It seems as if technology changes quickly, but old habits regarding our way of life dies hard.

The question remains unanswered. Is our fast pace of life, causing us to die a slow death? You be the judge.

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