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Thursday, 13 September 2012

The worst thing humankind has ever invented...

What do you think is the worst thing ever invented? The one thing that has caused the most pain and suffering to the most people in the world?

Look at this picture... This is a modern photograph, carefully and tastefully (note the breasts being carefully covered) and professionally done. It could be called a glamor shot. The model is tanned and athletic looking, ironically healthy and in charge of the situation- even though her pants are a little undone. Personally if I was standing in the near nude with my pants about to fall off I'd put down the gun and do them up. WHAT!!!!! PUT DOWN THE GUN!
Are you mad?! Look at the beauty, the power, the perfection... of the gun. The most famous of them all: The AK47.
Is this the most dangerous thing ever invented?

Estimated numbers of AK-type weapons vary. The Small Arms Survey suggest that "between 70 and 100 million of these weapons have been produced since 1947."[69] The World Bank estimates that out of the 500 million total firearms available worldwide, 100 million are of the Kalashnikov family, and 75 million are AK-47s.[70] Only about 5 million of these were manufactured in the former USSR.[71] Because AK-type weapons have been made in other countries, often illicitly, it is impossible to know how many really exist.[72] Mikhail Kalashnikov addressed the United Nations in 2006 at a conference aimed at solving the problem of illicit weapons, saying that he appreciated the AK-47's role in state-sponsored defense but that counterfeit weapons carrying his name in the hands of "terrorists and thugs" caused him regret...

These weapons are super cheap too... 

Throughout the world, the AK and its variants are among the most commonly smuggled small arms sold to governments, rebels, criminals, and civilians alike, with little international oversight. In some countries, prices for AKs are very low; in Somalia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Congo and Tanzania prices are between $30 and $125 per weapon, and prices have fallen in the last few decades due to mass counterfeiting. Moisés Naím observed that in a small town in Kenya in 1986, an AK-47 cost fifteen cows but that in 2005, the price was down to four cows indicating that supply was "immense".

$30 dollars or fifteen cows! Wow. What a bargain, if you had fifteen cows or $30 dollars... Still, it's nice to know that if you are about to be shot and killed, some money or cows were possibly traded for your life.
But I don't think the AK47, for all it's inhumane uselessness, is the worst invention humankind has ever invented. There are so many things that we have invented for the purpose of killing people, the robotic cow is one such item! Such a stupid idea... so utterly pointless were it not for the fact it is real and it is being tested. What about bombs? They are pretty good at destroying stuff? What about A-bombs...

I mean come on that's some pretty good destruction right there huh? But although there was mass destruction and wholesale carnage, only a mere 400,000 or so people perished. It's probably fair to say that millions of people have died as a result of Mr Kalashnikov's competition winning weapon.

There is one thing more deadly than Atomic bombs and AK47's. One thing that inspires humanity to act in the most selfish and stupid ways... No, not politics, although to be fair it would have to be close to the top of the list, no the one thing people crave and will do anything for: yes even design nukes and machine guns... MONEY.
Money is the worst thing humanity has ever invented.

See above the picture. One duck, one lucky old white duck, rolling around in all his money. While some watch and wonder... Money... The wars the world have suffered during the last two thousand years have killed an estimated 2 billion people. In our minds, power is commensurate with money. If you have money you are powerful, you are successful, you can be dominant and not be dominated.

Money. Sure there is the quasi-religious theme that money is the root of all evil... Perhaps they (whoever those mysterious and shadowy figures are) are right, perhaps money is the worst thing humanity has ever invented...
Right, I'd better go pay the bills and look for some work, before I lose it all.

1 comment:

  1. I wish agree, but religion is worst than money and was invented too