Now, what the hell are we going to do with it? According to the news this morning it’s the question being posed concerning the Costa Concordia which ran aground on the Italian coastline some time ago. Twice as heavy as the Titanic, engineers are at a loss of how to deal with her. So there she lies, in all her glory, confounding the very intellect that created her.
Why this obsession with bigness and complexity to the extend of creating problems that boggle the mind? Some will say it’s all about pushing the envelope and progress. I suppose that’s true to a point, but isn’t there something else about it?
I read a great post on one of my favourite blogs “Spirit Lights the Way” about Voyager 1’s images of the earth. You can’t help but have feelings of smallness and insignificance as you gaze on the earth hanging there suspended in the vastness of the cosmos. I wonder to what extent our obsession with bigness is also a need flowing out of feelings such as these?
Perhaps when we create enormous things like the Costa Concordia it is also our way of saying, “Hallo! Here I am. Can you see me? Look at me; and look at what I’ve done.” But in the end, I suspect, this view is going to get us in to a lot trouble. It already has in so many ways.