I remember a conversation between my father and my sister. She came into the kitchen holding an open textbook and asked, "How do light bulbs work?"
Dad made his living as a telephone man. His working career spanned that time from rotary dial phones and twisted pair cable, through electronic switching, microwave technology and fiber optics. He looked at the light bulb hanging from the ceiling, and pronounced. "Battery on one side, ground on the other."
"Okay," my sister asked. "So how does the television work?"
Dad chuckled. "Basically, battery on one side, ground on the other."
The point is that artificial, electric light spawned a transformation of human endeavor. And, for some progressives, that's a problem. A recent NPR article says it's a problem.
Earth Is Lit, And That's A ProblemThat's the title of the article. Click on the link, but they're serious. The earth is too bright. They're worried about light pollution. Seriously.
The rapid increase in night lighting has been a profound change, a kind of global experiment, that has happened in just the last 100 years. "My mum, for example, grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, in a time before they had electrification," Kyba says. "So she grew up with an amazing starry sky, and now she lives, within one lifetime, under a very light-polluted sky."This is called progress, something that progressives are adamantly against. Much the irony. Progressives won't he happy until humans descend into darkness, barely clinging to life. For myself, than you, I'll put up with a little light pollution.