Aphelion Editorial 035
The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
by Dan L. Hollifield
Hello and welcome!
Well... A couple of points before we begin; Last month's
editorial got a lot of feedback, for which I thank you all. It’s
gratifying to know that I can induce readers to think and debate about
important issues. Also, one thing I forgot to note last month, it
usually was not the administration that imposed registration or
confiscation of the means of self-defence that the victims needed
weapons to defend themselves against, but a later election that placed
into power totalitarians whose path had been eased by the helplessness
of their prey.
OK, that's the last mention of the previous instalment. Now I
go for the answer to your most burning question; "What's that idiot
going to rant about this month?" (and if that's the most burning
question in your life right now, I envy you)
And the winner is...
Why is it taking so long to make nuclear powerplants safe,
effective, and profitable?
Fission reactors are children of the 1940s, this is the year
2000. We should be well into the fusion age by now. (After all, the oil
companies are finally going to allow us to have electric, or partially
electric, cars now that they've figured out a way to add rapid charger
systems to the fuel pumps at the local gas stations.) We've got High
Definition TV sets, DVD players, home theatre systems, digital
satellite TV systems... Why did we not demand research into safer
nuclear power plants? Have we turned our backs on nuclear power?
It should be damned hard to find an undeveloped country on
Earth in this day and age. Really. What's holding us back? What's
taking so long? By now we should have cheap
electricity available nearly world-wide. We should
have tamed and farmed the deserts, colonized the seven seas and other
planets. Hunger should be a fading memory. Disease should be fading
too. But what have we got?
Same old, same old.
From the history I've been reading, I get the feeling that
things aren't so much different now than they have ever been. Most of
us are working ourselves to death just to stay alive. Children still
die too young-, fewer than ever, yes -but still too many. Too many
people don't have enough food, don't have medical treatment available,
don't have a lot of things.
This is the dawning of the 21st century, the only outhouse in
America should be an exhibit in the Smithsonian, not a fixture in
hundreds of people's back yards.
What I'm getting at is that our priorities need some thought.
Instead of getting people 500 channels of TV we might ought to be
getting them the opportunity to get some dinner. People pay money for
food too, you know. Somebody needs to be opening up
some new markets. But we seemed to have slowed down our desire for the
next "golden age" in favour of being entertained.
Perhaps it’s time to wake up?
Get involved, demand changes, make the world different. Each
of us counts for something. When we band together, we can make changes,
we can make the world a better place. We've proved that already. So,
let's do it.
It’s about time.
Thanks for your time
© 2000 Dan L. Hollifield
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