200 Nikes and bowl of kumquats
When I was about nine years old I would sit and watch Lost in Space, in the days before Star Trek.
We all thought we would wear silver suits like the Jetsons and drive hover cars. I remember thinking that in 2006 I would be too old to enjoy all of this.
The little girl in the picture may be barefooted among the daisies, but she is just about to tread on some dog shit.
Not quite what I imagined, eh? We are polluted, wartorn and millions die of starvation and apart from the advent of personal communicators we do not seem to have gotten beyond being able to buy 200 different kinds of training shoes or exotic, inedible fruit.
There is progress, I admit. I walked into a big fruit and veg shop in Newcastle in 1974 and asked for avocado pears, and they had no idea what I was talking about. The poor girl assistant produced a can of del monte pears in syrup from the back of the shop.
And what about the future?
"Society needs people who take care of the elderly and who know how to be compassionate and honest. Society needs people who work in hospitals. Society needs all kinds of skill that are not just cognitive; they're emotional, they're affectional. You can't run the society on data and computers alone." (Alivin Toffler) click the name for info.
Posted by Wrinkled Weasel on Sunday, March 12, 2006