When I was a kid, I was sure that by the turn of the century we would have colonized the moon and Mars, and by this time, we would have perfected warp drive and been paying visits to all of the residents of the planets we have been finding around other stars.
To say that I am disappointed in the progress of our technologies would be one of the biggest understatements anyone could make. I've spent a lot of time pondering why we are earthbound, and why teleportation and time travel haven't managed to get out of the pages of science fiction books and into our daily lives.
Now most scientists will tell you that some of these things are impossible, but we all know that is not true and that the passage of time will prove them wrong, and that is simply because the universe really works under the principal that if you can think it, then you can do it. teleporting atoms would have been laughed at a few dozen years ago, and now it has been done. Nothing is really impossible, well, that is beyond my ever agreeing while I'm alive to let my wife have a date with Ewen McGregor. and that problem is easily solved by changing my breathing status. Everything else can be accomplished by just doing the work
So why are we still stuck pretty much on the surface of this revolving ball? The answer, is of course, the stupidity barrier.
now I'm not talking about something afflicting our scientists, or technologists. I know they are working hard to solve the technological problems, but they really can't succeed until the stupidly barrier is lifted.
It should have been obvious to me in my youth that the clockmaker of the universe has established a self protection mechanism around our planet. A Mechanism to prevent our society from traveling out and causing havoc everywhere they go.
Think of it, if you were in charge would you let some idiot who wants to strap a bomb to his chest play around with time travel or be able to teleport to that EarthLike planet just discovered around Tau Ceti? Would you even let a lot of the people you know have access to that technology?
Nah, you'd construct a technological barrier around this beautiful blue orb we live on that kept that from happening. a stupidity barrier, and you would not let it be lifted until everyone on the planet got their act together.
I guess we are all stuck here for a little longer.
(Thanks to my son in law, Patrick, who also admitted to being frustrated by this barrier as we were talking this morning)