Thursday, July 05, 2007

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE...




Today, the USS Kitty Hawk sails into Sydney Harbour accompanied by other smaller vessels. It carries nuclear weapons and 80 supersonic aircraft. Probably it could, if so minded, completely destroy every major city in Australia and kill nearly half of its population of 22 million (because most folk in Australia live in cities).

By contrast, the top photo shows a mock battle between two replica ships from the graceful era of sailing (remember, they didn't have cameras and television in those days). Such a battle might involve the loss of one ship and perhaps fifty to a hundred men.

What is my point? That humans were fighting and killing each other centuries ago. We still are. That technology has changed enormously. We can cause death and destruction on an unimaginable scale now. A major war now could and probably would totally destroy the whole world.

Clearly, our technology has advanced but we have not!

The conclusion? Humans: greedy, bloodthirsty, naked apes, are incredibly dumb.

(Images from Google)

6 comments:

Mary Walsh said...

The analogy highlights that technology can be used for good and evil alike.

Medical breakthroughs have advanced the lives of people throughout the world.

Weaponry breakthroughs on the other hand has taken millions of lives without a hiccup.

I often look at the advertisement promoting the armed forces, with guns, ships and areoplanes being hightlighed going hrough their exercises. But do many people ever think about those on the receiving end of their "glorious tools of trade".

These billion dollar "toys" actually kill people, and badly so!

Neo said...

How right you are,Dan.
Could and will destroy the world.

XXXXXX

Daniel said...

Mary and Neo, the sooner we look upon those in the armed forces as highly dangerous trained killers and not heroes as they are portrayed, the better chance we'll have for peace!

enigma4ever said...

great post...love your blog- and yes, I will try to make sure you are on my blogroll...


and yes, we are just apes...

Naj said...

ary and Neo, the sooner we look upon those in the armed forces as highly dangerous trained killers and not heroes as they are portrayed, the better chance we'll have for peace!

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

I came to say the EXACT same thing!

Fleming said...

Yes to all. Those Americans in Iraq that we're supposed to feel sorry for are there because they signed up. Those who man the planes, helicopters, and naval missile batteries know exactly what horror they can cause, usually to non-combatants . . . and yet they "proudly serve".

I remember seeing a war movie years ago in which the conclusion about war was, "People just love killing one another."

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