I wrote these two paragraphs over twenty years ago. They are from the rough draft of my book on the plumbing industry. I present them just as I wrote them, imagining what the next two decades might bring.
I have some business with a professional photo lab. They have examples of work by their customers on the walls. One of them is another customer of mine. Busy place, everyone looking frantic. Photography goes on, for the moment, with its peculiar chemical smells and pallid darkroom workers. But the enormous industry of manufacturing and processing film is a doomed field. The first digital cameras are hitting the market with all of the power and almost unlimited possibilities of the computer behind them. Already much retouching is done on computers. I think that if I live long enough I will see the end of film photography and that would be no marvel. I've seen the end of work horses in cities, wooden streetcars, iceboxes and segregation. I expect to see the end of communism soon, followed by smoking. I may live to see artificial vision, regenerated limbs and brain transplants. I can't wait to see the hullabaloo over the first brain transplant. It would be interesting to be around for the arrival of the first completely genetically engineered person. I probably won't see that, but it will come, it will come.
Genetic engineering threatens organized religion. The notion of god(s) creating man is fundamental. If man can create in a lab something similar, or even worse for theology, something human but entirely different, what is left to the creation myths? Suppose humans are created with new sexes? New races? Suppose people can change sex or race? Become younger, taller, shorter, more attractive, have unlimited sexual powers, have new kinds of sexual organs? Meanwhile, the film creatures toil at smelly sinks under dim yellow lights.
Causes Michael Lipsey Supports
Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Nature Conservancy