What’s with humanity and its fixation on short-term planning? USA has huge fights about abstinence-only sex-ed, academics a fundamentalistic approach to “do not use Wikipedia”, some people distrust Google and their “do no evil” policy, there are huge arguments about what is fiction and what is fact, conservative Christians fight stem-cell research because they are so fearful of eternal life in this doomed reality, we have memetic-racism propagating cultural clashes due to misunderstood diversity… and where does all our energy come from to fight like this? The sun.
It is as if some of us prefer to abstain from solar energy. We prefer to call Google inherently evil due to its size and successful penetration of every niche of our lives, even though it is still completely eclipsed by the sun. Everything we do depends on the sun. If you want to hate Google for such poor reasons, you’re going to have to hate the sun as well. Did you know that despite all it’s wonderful attributes, the sun is to blame for skin cancer?
We fight like children in a soap opera, and all the while there is a lot of work to be done. The sun won’t live forever, y’know. Neither will we. So why do we play fear-monger with short-term threats? Hey, if the death of the sun is too far in the future for your tastes, go buy Phil Plait‘s up-and-coming book as soon as it is available, it will tell you about many of the dangers and threats that could kill us all a couple of thousand years down the line. Don’t you think we could rather worry about that, instead of fearing that the sky will fall on our heads? Even our global warming problems can be solved if we get over our love-hate relationship with solar power.
Oh ye of little faith! Even the fictitious superman knew of the importance of the sun. How can you know less than a fictitious character? Do not fear fiction, there is much to be learned from it.