John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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A Bit Pessimistic, But Worth Thinking About...

As Concorde Goes, So Do We
Have We Humans Peaked as a Species?

The Concorde is being retired, without anything that could be considered a successor. This particular article seems to take that as a watershed event, along with things like no more trips to the moon and the fact that most men no longer wear suits and hats, as evidence that humanity has topped out and is now beginning to slide into some sort of miasma.

I think that's a bit of an extreme reaction, sort of like the famous prediction of "the end of history." It is possible that we've hit a plateau -- but it's like the economy, and investors who treat anything that's not a boom, as a bust. The past 150-200 years have been a major 'growth spurt' on the part of humanity, and who knows, maybe we just need to catch our collective breath before another wave of the best and brightest come along. People are working on hotels in space -- how cool is THAT?

I am also reminded of a prior generation's version of the Concorde -- namely, the Pacific Clipper. This plane, the Orient Express of the Air so to speak, was the symbol of class, luxury, and aeronautic excellence from 1931-1946 -- only 15 years -- and no doubt when it ended, people were saddened by the end of an era.

Little did they know, the Concorde was on the way!

And how little do we know, what's just around the corner for us!

-The Gneech
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