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Rushed by wartime need,
our power begs discipline
we may never have.
Today’s haiku was inspired by a segment I heard on NPR yesterday afternoon as I was driving home from work, and it asked “what if WWI had never happened, if Franz Ferdinand had survived his assassination?” I noted toward the end they discussed one author’s view of how much more slowly technology would have advanced without the pressure of the following wars – WWII or the Cold War – that were consequential to WWI. I ended up realizing that it’s not the technology that is ahead of its time at this point, but the expectations we place upon the users.
Humans may never be ready for the future, but it’s coming whether we like it or not. Ever rushing at us from above, it falls to us and we must rise to meet it; may we never again find cause to unleash its power upon others.
Listen to the ten-minute audio show here, and then weigh in – if you can – on what else might have changed.