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I'm afraid it's only going to get worse...
Even with the many extra deaths of COVID-19 the world population is still growing.
We're running out of resources, animals are going extinct, we're polluting and destroying the environment, people are radicalizing...
At this point I can't really see this ending well.
I just hope I won't live to see the end of the world, but I'm not even sure of that anymore
One simple solution is for people to start gardening more. I don't think we're close at all to running out of resources. If you ever drive through the US there is so much open and unused space in our country. And I'm sure other countries are similar.
The problem is people are too dependent on a system that may not be able to distribute resources, but it's not the resources themselves that are running in short supply.
Social Media - A platform that makes it easier for the crazies to find each other.
Everyone is born right handed. Only the strongest overcome it.
Fight for left-handed rights and hand equality.
That would probably be good for the environment, but it won't give us oil[^], sand[^] or phosphor[^].*
The problem is people are too dependent on a system that may not be able to distribute resources
If the entire world lived as North America and Europe do, I think we're doomed.
Furthermore, if insects, for example, went extinct[^], we'd have a huge problem as well.
Some areas have an insect population decline of 75%, that's A LOT!
Redistributing resources won't help here.
there is so much open and unused space in our country
Not in the Netherlands.
We have only 14,6% of forests and open natural terrain
66,9% is agrarian and the rest is for housings (10,6%), traffic (4,9%) and recreation (3%).
We're telling Brazil not to torch the rain forest, and rightfully so, but we've already removed nearly all of our own forests so it's hypocritical as well.
Can you imagine if everyone did that and the entire world would have only 15% of nature?
We're also one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
All in all, I can say, don't make those same mistakes.
* I haven't checked these sources, but it's safe to say the mentioned resources aren't in limitless supply so we will run out someday if we continue to use them as we do.
Mastering something leads to it being boring, IMO. I mean, not entirely. I can still love something but not have the thrill of the challenge anymore. I feel that way with C#. I know the CLI and CLR pretty well. I know the language to the point where it feels like a second skin, which is maybe creepy, I guess. With my background in Win32 and C I can p/invoke anything I can't do with the above, and there's nothing left I'm intimidated by. All that's left is to teach.
I don't know, maybe I'm wrong. It's just how it feels to me.
A language is to a programmer like a wrench is to an auto mechanic or a hammer is to a carpenter. Why would you want the very tool that is helping you to solve a problem (or the mechanic to repair a car, or the carpenter build a house) be the challenge? That's absurd.
"One man's wage rise is another man's price increase." - Harold Wilson
"Fireproof doesn't mean the fire will never come. It means when the fire comes that you will be able to withstand it." - Michael Simmons
"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." - James D. Miles
I'm sure that sentiment is what keeps (most of) us going. If there is no challenge, no intellectual pursuit, no learning something new, no testing different ideas (even if they turn out to be awful), then we don't grow and will just atrophy. Where would be the excitement if we just churned out the same old stuff day in, day out? We need to advance ourselves and grow. Maybe 99% of what we discover we'll never use again, but even that is expansion of our world view; and the other 1% is the gold nuggets that make it exciting and spur us to carry on.
Having no box to think outside of, I get to enjoy it in three of the four ways one could enjoy it.
- The challenge of learning a knew language (competently)
- The challenge of solving a problem (independently of the language question).
- The challenge of solving a problem with the constraint of a particular language (or set of them)
- the fourth option in this truth-table view of it, the not learning a language to not solve a problem.
By the way - if you can somehow convolute the last of these into a way to get your work done, you will have truly become 'the Master[^]'.