Okay, so it’s actually a hundred… but I don’t really feel qualified to preach about any more than about a quarter of those. In the spirit of this first centenial of such a fundamental human acheivement, I thought I would mark the occasion with some points of interest. My foci lately have been falling into the realm of cultural anthropology, information systems, and “big picture” stuff, and with all the goods thing that we highlight, there are also the bad.
GOOD: A hundred years of flight has brough the human population closer. We are bigger, faster, smarter, and stronger as a species because we have harnessed the power of air and space travel. As a general-type statement, I think this is a pretty good thing.
BAD: Movement of people all over the world will ultimately be our destruction. When we can move a virus around the globe in less time than a single sick-day, we’re just asking for trouble. Just ask all those folks who deal with HIV, SARS, CJB, ebola, etc…
GOOD: Flight has inspired the creation of communications technology. When we can move fast, we need to talk faster. Satellites are obvious examples of moving words and information, and if you’re lucky, 382 channels of mind-numbing entertainment involving Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.
BAD: This morning CBC did a retrospective on flight, and I thought it was interesting that their major focus was on flight during war.
GOOD: I wouldn’t have been to Europe, Mexico, the Carribbean, or most of Canada in my short life had I needed to depend on my feets.
BAD: Airlines have become the cake of our have-not society. It has become the luxury item for the masses, and we spend too much time and money yearning to be somewhere we are not. Not everyone can afford to be a jet-setter, though sometimes we assume the contrary.
GOOD: The sunset from an airplane window.