Monday, November 1, 2010

The Good Old Days...............

"Suppose you had said to my hypothetical family of 1800,
eating their gristly stew in front of a log fire, that in two
centuries their descendants would need to fetch no logs, or
water, and carry no sewage, because water, gas, and a magic
form of invisible power called electricity would come into their
home through pipes and wires.  They would jump at the
chance to have such a home, but they would warily ask how
they could possible afford it.  Suppose you then told them that
to earn such a home, they need only ensure that father and
mother both have to go to work for eight hours in an office,
travelling roughly forty minutes each was in a horseless
carriage, and that the children need not work at all, but
should go to school sot be sure of getting such jobs when
they started work at twenty.  They would be more than
dumbfounded; they would be delirious with excitement.
Where, they would cry, is the catch?"

-an excerpt from The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

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