No, not that news. I don’t care if Ron Paul is polling 0.005% in Iowa, and 104.7% in all the online polls. I don’t care if Angelina Jolie steals another baby. I’m trying to find out things. You’re not going to find out much by listening to the Dan Rathers of the world or reading the New York Times.
Actually, that’s not true. You will learn all about the various psychoses suffered by Dan Rather and the New York Times staff if you listen or read what they’re reporting. But I’m not interested in them. I want to know stuff.
I don’t really care what Larry Craig is doing in the bathroom. There are 100 Senators treating the United States like Larry Craig treats that bathroom. That’s not news to me. The fact that bizarre and untrustworthy people want, and are able, to become Senators doesn’t surprise me. The fact that the vast majority of my fellow citizens are willing and enthusiastic about giving the Larry Craigs of the world dominion over our affairs is the problem. I’m not.
Very little of what’s reported as news is very interesting. Almost none of it is important. But I read something yesterday that was earthshaking. Really. And as usual, I read about it in an obscure place, and they were only apprised of it by reading the New York Times, ignoring 99% of what was written, and paying attention to something the Times reported almost by accident; certainly without gauging its import.
I’ve read, and agree, that there have only been a few important milestones in human existence.
- People stopped wandering around, and started to farm.
- Many thousands of years later, people began to lend money at interest, the birth of the death of the barter economy.
- The electric light banished having half your life wasted by sunset.
- The internal combustion engine made us mobile.
That’s it. No really, the rest is either details, or applesauce.
I wasn’t alive for any of those things. But I was alive on the day that, worldwide, farming was no longer the largest occupation of human beings. The service economy superseded it. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Number 5:
The report noted that world unemployment edged downward again in 2006, to 6.3 percent from 6.4 percent, and that farming was no longer the dominant source of global employment, even if it was still the main one in the least developed countries.
Service industries accounted for 42 percent of the world’s employment in 2006 and agriculture 36.1 percent, the report said.
You and I were alive for one of the most important milestones in human existence. The human race is getting beyond having the vast majority of us grubbing around in the dirt for enough food for us all to eat. Did you know it? It was the last, throwaway line in a mundane “everything sucks” article in the Times.
And now that you know that, are you going to listen to those who would tell you that this, like pretty much all of those milestones I mentioned, is bad for the planet, and the human race? That is if they were paying attention, which they’re not. The “news” is full of, and written by people like them.