[extropy-chat] I give thanks
Robert J. Bradbury
bradbury at aeiveos.com
Sun Feb 1 17:57:00 UTC 2004
I know it isn't Thanksgiving. But I still feel like
giving thanks. I thank the fact that the world has
two functional robotic explorers on a distant planet.
I thank the fact that the dust from a body which
contains knowledge with respect to the formation of
our solar system is on its way back to Earth. I
thank the fact that this month a spacecraft will
take off to direct a landing on one of the original
solar system entities.
I thank the fact that we have something like a
triple cocktail against HIV. I thank the fact
that smallpox is effectively DOA and polio
may be close behind it. I thank the fact
that we can identify something like the SARS
virus in less than a year. I thank the fact
that the WHO recognizes that avian flu may
represent a significant risk to humans and
appears to be on top of it. I thank the fact
that we now have the genomic sequence of the
plasmodium organism and malaria's days are
I could go on but I will not. I reflect on
that Klingon phrase "Today is a good day to die".
Perhaps that perspective is mistaken. Today
may indeed be a good day to live!
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