Did you know that we put a man on the moon before we put wheels on a suitcase? That is right, man landed on the moon in 1969 and wheels did not appear on suitcases until 1972. I find this fact very interesting.
It illustrates that innovation and vision can be directed to accomplish amazing things all the while everyday needs go unnoticed. I think more attention needs to be paid to making life a little easier on a daily basis.
For instance, we have GPS navigation that can lead us to the farthest corners of the world but we have not invented something that can remind me why I walked into the kitchen. I can get turn-by-turn directions to Easter Island but cannot get reminded that I walked into the bedroom to grab a sweater.
We have satellites circling the planet that can alert us within milliseconds if a foreign country starts up a tank's engine but have nothing that can remind our children they used the last of the toilet paper and need to replace the roll. I would like to see a siren sound and the lights flash as a reminder to replenish the supplies. Sure would make my life easier.
Humankind has discovered how to capture and analyze our DNA but has yet to find a way to stop junk mail from flooding my mailbox. I can learn how close I am to Neanderthal man but cannot stop getting information about timeshares. I can target what country my forefathers immigrated from but cannot get Target to stop sending me flyers about great deals on butter.
I know that traveling to the moon was a "giant leap for mankind" and many great innovations have come to us from the study of space but can a little more attention be turned to the small steps. Like can we move the vent switch away from the light switch in the bathroom? I would like to not be disappointed every time I try to turn on the light and instead hear the whining of the fan. Surely if we can send a man 239,900 miles to the moon, we can move a light switch four inches.
A big part of me agrees with author E.A. Bucchianeri in regards to traveling to other worlds.
"There are so many problems to solve on this planet first before we begin to trash other worlds."
-- E.A. Bucchianeri