Thursday, January 27, 2011

Social Change is the Greater Challenge

Here is a clip from yesterday's episode of The Daily Show:

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It really amazes me how going to the moon is seen as more difficult than having a fast train network, electric cars and teachers who are seen as nation builders.

We have already been to the moon. We did that in the 60s with computers that were barely faster than a pocket calculator. On the other hand, it is now 2011 and we still haven't managed to put food on every plate, are headed towards an environmental disaster and income inequities are increasing rapidly. Yet, only high technology is seen as a challenge, as something worth achieving. Social change is something mundane, something that doesn't quite fire our imagination.

In my opinion, social change is a far greater challenge than going to the moon (or even mars) could ever hope to be.

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