Yesterday's travel was pretty amazing. That we accept it as normal with little further thought about it is more amazing.
At seven AM, my wife and I were in front of a Las Vegas hotel as the cab pulled up to take us to the airport. Five hours later, we were eight hundred miles away, getting out of our car and walking into an office supply store to buy toner cartridges.
So many small miracles of technology took place to take us there. The aircraft were the culmination of years of study and designs, the evolution of manufacturing processes. Crews were trained, and the complex Federal Aviation Administration systems of airport control towers and radar tracking managed our flight. The fuel had to be found, refined, and delivered.
That was just the flight part.
Arriving at the airport, we climbed into our car and fired it up, driving away on more everyday modern technology.
It made me think of Toyota commercial.
In the commercial, and I'm paraphrasing, they say, "Let's come together and use our engineering skills and tools, imagination and knowledge, to build the world's best car."
The first time my wife and I heard that commercial, a 8.0 earthquake struck.
Its epicenter was my wife.
"Come together with our knowledge and skill to build a car? Why don't we come together to do something useful like solve world hunger?"
I agree with her. It's a familiar lament for me, could even be called Michael's Lament that so much technology and energy is put into solving some pretty lame problems - like how to get to the airport and fly to Las Vegas for vacation.
How to develop a better app for your phone to take help you find a new favorite restaurant or take you to the closest dry cleaners or gas station.
We know the answer to why: solving problems like designing and building a car pays money, and saving people from starvation does not.
Back to our regular programming.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com