People talk about how amazing it is that we can send men to the moon, and how it is the pinnacle of human  achievement.

I tend to disagree. S- and I were talking about it the other day and aside from being totally awesome that it’s possible, going to the moon hasn’t done a great deal for the population as a whole. Sure, the technology they used has filtered into other aspects of our daily lives, but it’s not as though you or me could take a stroll down to the village moon-stop and wend our way skywards.

For me, the two greatest achievements our species has come up with are cars and the internet.

The car is obvious – hypothetically, everyone can own one and travel hundreds of miles in a day. Take my trip back to the ‘rents, for example. According to google maps, driving takes 9 hours and 46 minutes. And when you think about it, that’s  pretty damn fast for a journey of 545 miles. The same trip walking would take 7 days and 7 hours. I don’t know if those ‘days’ are 24 hours or not… The contrast is just staggering.The motor car shrunk the world overnight.

The internet, again, is available to everyone and like the car, has made it possible to cross immense distances in seconds.

Urgh… you know when you’re mid thought and  you just forget everything you were talking about and decide to go to bed instead of writing?…

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