Technology for the nuclear (atomic) bomb and the technology to allow television broadcasts, were both discovered at about the same time – in the very early 40’s.

At that time, one can imagine that most people felt that the bomb would have the power to destroy the world.

And that they felt that television had the power to ‘save’ the world, through its ability to educate on a mass scale.

In fact, as pointed out by the unlikely Steve McQueen back in the day, the reverse proved to be true.

The sheer scale of destruction capable with the nuclear bomb – as discovered by the Hiroshima ‘experiment’ – left the world in awe; fear to use it. It created the cold war. Had the nuclear bomb never been invented it is highly likely that Russia and the US would have been in a 'conventional' war with some fairly serious results and flow on effects. Albeit swift, it could have made WW2 look like a kindergarten squabble.

Over the same era – the great saviour called television has hardly saved us.

It has dumbed us all down to a level that we just do not realise.

And it has served to feed a massive hunger for violence and crime and, indeed, it has promoted it to a disgusting degree.

It is one of the great ironies.

The world – for the last 50 years anyway, has been much safer, because of the bomb. Through the same era, our communities have become much less safe, because of television.

The safety delivered by the bomb however, will not be infinite. The technology is now within reach of very unsafe hands and sadly, one day, we may witness a nuclear disaster of awesome (in the true sense of the word) consequence.

Yes indeed, it is important, every day to do the good things. Gardening is one of them. And what I really like about it is the devolution of gardening 'technology', from NPK rated blah blah chemicals back to the truly wonderful world of natural and organic.

Progression through de-evolution.

Hang on, is this more irony?

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Comment by Kali on February 4, 2010 at 12:08am
right on!
Comment by Pete Russell on May 22, 2009 at 11:10am
Porangi. You are so incredibly clear in your writing and you message on the bullseye in my opinion. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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