Thursday, March 26, 2009

What Edison Helped Take from Us

I originally wrote this entry on September 7, 2004, and published it on

Inventions in science and technology are not all about progress.

Every technical invention seems to take something from us in return for what it gives.

With the invention and propagation of basic electric lighting, ultimately brought to every office and home in every city and small town, something sacred was taken from most people--a serene night's sky, which most urbanized people can now see only through the sanitized and limited version that comes to them as images telescopes have viewed, processed and recorded according to their own limitations.

No longer do we need to feel, on a nightly basis, a deep wonder about our place in the universe. The problem has been solved and put to rest.

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