Is it just me, or are there some very obvious discrepancies in our abilities to cure diseases? We can fire elementary particles at almost the speed of light in the hope of answering questions about the fabric of the universe and the nature of time, we can create devices which allow us access to the combined knowledge of the human race and communicate with our friends on the other side of the planet (and beyond). There are myriad truly incredible things we are capable of and yet, people still die from AIDS and cancer and all those other scary words. Am I missing something? They shouldn’t be scary to us!
Obviously these are complex illnesses which require equally complex cures, but aren’t we there yet? My guess is that in fact, we are, but there are a few sinister factions in the upper echelons of society who forcibly dissuade, and outright disallow, such research. The reasons for this could range from idiocy and traditionalism to greed and despotism.
We have yet to reach the zenith of our ability, and I can’t help thinking that our current pop-culture is detrimental to our success. Look at the technology all around us, it’s astonishing, and yet most of it is used to watch videos of dancing cats and other such nonsense. Why aren’t we colonising the solar system? Why aren’t we utilising the infinite resources of space? Why are we subject to such menial constraints as climate change and world hunger, and disease, even death? Surely we’re beyond this, or at least on the road to being so?
“Earth is the cradle of Humanity. But one cannot live in a cradle forever.” — Konstantin Tsiolkovski