The technology boom isn't over but we must focus on preserving our resources and nature. Sustainable growth is an oxymoron. We must stop eradicating nature's plants, animals, and other organisms. We must find an equilibrium with all species. An alternative lifestyle can be more fulfilling and satisfying. On a TV documentary, I saw a young woman biologist at remote, frozen, Lake Baikal in Siberia say living there gives her "Freedom and a sense of beauty." Do you get that from megacities?
If you think climate change is bad now, wait. Imagine what your descendants will experience:
They walked the desert in our land.
They saw shards and wrecks
scattered in the sand.
Not broken pots or pillars of stone,
but avatar people talking
on everyone's phone.
They heard a ghostly voice
From a gossamer muse,
“Look around for what's nice--
Something besides plastics and rust.
The creations of art and music
fed the worms and now are dust.”
Desertlandia ©2018 Larry Kilham
See all of Larry Kilham's poems on this site here.
Larry Kilham is a Sloan School of Management graduate from MIT, received three patents, and has founded two high-tech companies. Many of his product designs required innovative use of computers, and as early as the 1960s he was researching artificial intelligence (AI).