The Lost Journey

On the Road to Boston

Travel, Modern and Ancient

In many ways, modern travel is great. The speed of aeroplanes and cars makes it possible to cross distances in times that would have been unimaginable two hundred years ago. This speed, coupled with ubiquity and cheapness of fossil fuels as an energy source have made it possible for more people to travel further, bringing our world closer together in some ways. However, speed did not come without cost. In terms of resources, our current speed and rate of travel will not outlast the temporary bonanza of fossil fuels, and is a contributor to our slow-moving ecological collapse. In terms of our connection to other human beings, fast-travel fosters the existence of “fly-over” country, and the accompanying dehumanization of its inhabitants. In terms of our own psychology, the current modus operandi of travel strips of agency, and engenders a sense of passivity, that is only reinforced by many other aspects of our culture.

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Deus ex Vita

Deus ex Vita

“To the contrary, that the very genes do not lose a miRNA that has not been brushed away by the finger of God.” Musings about biology, learning and literature