Show me more !October 30 2020 | Dave Fardoe
Sit quietly, take a moment, reflect.
It was in one of these quiet moments that my lifetime (to date) drifted lazily past my minds eye, a list of the amazing and spectacular things and the promise of so much more to come..
I never witnessed the first x-ray machine, the first ever non-invasive glimpse into the human body, yet I did see the first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the first Computerised Tomography (CT), and Positron Emmission Tomography (PET) – Keyhole techniques and robotics used in surgery. GeneTherapy and advances that mean thousands more people are saved from the ravages of Cancer and other conditions.
I watched as the first man stepped onto the moon and in 2024, I plan to watch the next.
I’ve seen supersonic airliners come and go; GPS and SatNav in my car. Mobile phones move from the elite to global acceptance and with processing power to rival a laptop.
In my grandparents lifetime many goods were still moved by horse and cart, man could not fly, and now we circle the globe with ease. Satellites carry television and data signals at the speed of light.
Voyager has left the solar system and set forth into intersteller space.
I’ve seen nations fall, governments overthrown, revolutions rise, and fall. The horror that goes with war of all types. And yet, in the midst of all that humanity and heroism that defies logic and rational explanation. Natural disasters on a scale difficult to behold, Nuclear incidents and entire cities abandoned. Earthquakes, Tsunami and Volcanoes – a global pandemic.
I’ve seen IVF for childless couples and ‘test tube babies” go on to become parents themselves. Society evolved to acknowledge same sex relationships and the rights of all people enshrined in law.
I’ve seen the first theory of everything (TOE) and growing evidence that science proves legend, myth and that ancient wisdom is not just mysticism.
In my lifetime technologies have exploded into every facet of our lives and with that knowledge came more knowledge. The growth of our capability has been exponential. The more we learnt, the more we realised we could learn, our limits stretch with each iteration and the boundaries keep pulling us forward. It is truly amazing, breathtaking.
For the first time in history we have the capacity, the knowledge and the intellect to see ourselves, and our place in the universe, so what do you want to see?
For me – I can’t wait to see man step back onto the moon, what a fantastic moment that will be. The technology to solve our plastic problems, with large scale ocean clean up and industrial scale plastic “munching” enzyme factories. The widescale use of plant cellulose to replace single use plastic. Renewable fuel sources, wind, solar and wave systems. Hydrogen as a clean fuel and electric vehicles able to finally replace internal combustion engines.
Lifestyle and holistic healing systems taught from school and integrated into our everyday lives, Global education for all, food poverty eliminated, clean water and sanitation readily available, Rainforests protected.
When I look back on all the amazing and wonderous things I have seen, and just a little further to man’s first flight and onwards. These things I wish to see are not so much of a stretch, they are without doubt within our grasp and for certain easily within our intellect.
As global oil companies quietly acknowldge, Oil has another decade at best, our world is seeing a global awakening and each facet is promoting it’s own view of the green agenda. It is for us to broaden the agenda, little by little through the choices we make and the behaviours we adopt, Those who say it is too hard, look back and see from the surface of the moon to the depth of the oceans our achivements, and if that is still not enough, look up as our technology sets off to visit our neighboring stars. There is nothing we cannot achive together – our only challenge is making the right choice.
What more do you want to see?