The pace of change in today’s world is truly astounding. Who could have predicted 100 years ago, when electricity was pretty much brand new in homes, where we’d be today? Wow! Think of all the changes. Computers, the Internet and all that goes with it, including Email, Skype, Social Media, Google, YouTube, Amazon.com, 5G, Smartphones, pleas to Subscribe! to everything, endless apps (and the attendant proliferation of lots of spyware and malware), passwords, passwords, passwords and so on, and so forth. So many choices! TOO many, some might argue.
There’s also Supersonic flight, NASA, the 40,000+ satellites that Musk and others are giddily surrounding our planet with just so people can have access to the now supposedly essential Internet, besides the numberless other junk we’ve put in orbit. Then there’s nuclear weapons and bioweapons labs, the Sixth Extinction, Climate Change, Population Growth, Light pollution, CCD, GPGP, etc. etc. etc. And we’re supposed to just accept the consequences of them all or risk being called “Luddites”. *Shudder!*. I could put countless links to all these things here, but why should I do that to you, really? It leads me to this quote of Teale’s:
Time and space – time to be alone, space to move about – these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow. – Edwin Way Teale
Here in San Luis Obispo (a.k.a. SLO county) we have everything too. All of it.
Yet we still also have some peace and quiet left. But it’s sadly going away here as well.
In our headlong rush to the future, let’s (hopefully) not lose touch with the good things of the past.
I leave you with another quote:
We have always had reluctance to see a tract of land which is empty of men as anything but a void. The “waste howling wilderness” of Deuteronomy is typical. The Oxford Dictionary defines wilderness as wild or uncultivated land which is occupied “only” by wild animals. Places not used by us are “wastes.” Areas not occupied by us are “desolate.” Could the desolation be in the soul of man? – John A. Livingston