Stop Spending Money on War And Check This Out.  

  

I have three words for you.  

Solar Freakin’ Roadways. 

Seriously.  Check out the video link below. 

http://youtu.be/qlTA3rnpgzU

Really?! My first reaction was “Why are we not on this already?!” Roads are such ordinary things.  We all use them, walk on them and drive on them without giving a thought to them.  Sure, we think lots about what is on them, we yell at other drivers, and get frustrated that this damn traffic is not allowing us to achieve our own personal goals, namely getting to where we are going in a timely fashion.  The thing itself though? It is the epitome of ordinary.  So ordinary that it ceases to be a consideration in our minds.   With this technology, and enough people getting behind it, we can transform what is inefficient into an energy creating, tax saving, job creating workhorse that serves the whole entire world.  

Think about all the money we spend on waging war as a nation, and as a global society.  Deeper than  that, think about how much of our mental efforts we expend justifying that expenditure by making ourselves right.  “They” are barbarians.  “They” need to be stopped.  “We”, as the morally superior culture must stop them.  We fail to see how we ourselves contribute to the problem, and spend time, energy and money placing value judgements on groups of people, and belief structures that differ from our own.  Things do not happen in a vacuum.  We are all so busy puling examples from the past to justify our present behaviour that we spend little to no time thinking about how our present actions can influence the future.  We fail to see our own part in it, and indeed our own failings.  

All this money, time and effort that we spend destroying each other and ourselves could be so much more productively spent if we could just open our eyes, and worry about fixing ourselves. Now, I have been called out on this recently, obviously I do not think that killing anyone in the name of religion is right.  I also do not think that bombing those who do this is the solution.  I feel that it makes us just as guilty as “they” are because we are also killing people in the name of an ideology.  As my mom always told me, two wrongs do not make a right.  We have forgotten the foibles and failures of our past that have contributed to the problems that we face today.. This is problem focussed thinking and it will lead to nothing but more problems. I humbly suggest that we all turn our attention to ourselves, our own thoughts, actions and choices as individuals and as a collective culture and focus on creating the future that we want instead of obliterating a past that reminds us that we are so fatally flawed. 

I am asking you to become conscious of things that you make a habit of giving no thought to.  It is in doing this that we collectively can harness the power to create the future that we want to see for ourselves, our children, and all of humanity. 

Seriously.  

Something as ordinary as a road can be turned into something with extraordinary potential. 

Solar. Freakin’. Roadways. 

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5 thoughts on “Stop Spending Money on War And Check This Out.  

  1. Pretty cool… a few concerns after seeing this, one being how much more light pollution would this add. It’s one thing to have city roads looking like the Tron movie, but it’s getting harder and harder to find anywhere to go to see the night’s sky without the intrusion of man-made light. I know everything has a price, but I would hope some discretion would be used.

    Also, what would the short term costs (material-wise, therefore resource-wise) be for creating so many panels, and are all of the components “friendly” ones? And by that I mean, do they contain certain metals/materials that can only be obtained in third world countries by dictators through child labour (like the BBC highlighted for, IIRC, crystal cell phone components were at one time).

    I don’t mean to be a downer, merely practical on a large scale, as you know everything is connected and inter-connected. It’s like electric cars – fantastic idea – but adding the need for more electricity onto an already failing infrastructure (not to mention the energy requirements to create such a thing) cost still has the potential to be greater than benefit in the background that we don’t see.

    Just worth thinking about.

    • I see where you’re coming from. No matter what there is a cost. I think that if we are focussing on harnessing solar power for the electricity that we need, then the energy cost to create it is offset by the long term benefit it will provide.

      As far as the materials go, the video did say that it is all created from recycled material.

      Light pollution is definitely a thing, don have an answer for that one. The tax savings vis a vis snow removal is immense, thought it might be somewhat offset by the cost of maintenance.

      Not a downer at all. Practicality is called for, as long as it comes without value judgement 💖💖

      • I personally think it would be the most awesome thing ever, and I’d love to be wrong. I just want to make sure we’re not putting the cart before the horse, so to speak.

        As for the recycled stuff, the video seemed to indicate that was the glass covering specifically, not the internal components, that’s why I brought it up. Definitely worth asking questions about 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on I'm Write Dammit! and commented:
    A friend of mine shared this…it seems pretty cool…

    A few concerns after seeing this, one being how much more light pollution would this add. It’s one thing to have city roads looking like the Tron movie, but it’s getting harder and harder to find anywhere to go to see the night’s sky without the intrusion of man-made light. I know everything has a price, but I would hope some discretion would be used.

    Also, what would the short term costs (material-wise, therefore resource-wise) be for creating so many panels, and are all of the components “friendly” ones? And by that I mean, do they contain certain metals/materials that can only be obtained in third world countries by dictators through child labour (like the BBC highlighted for, IIRC, crystal cell phone components were at one time).

    I don’t mean to be a downer, merely practical on a large scale, as you know everything is connected and inter-connected. It’s like electric cars – fantastic idea – but adding the need for more electricity onto an already failing infrastructure (not to mention the energy requirements to create such a thing) cost still has the potential to be greater than benefit in the background that we don’t see.

    Just worth thinking about.

    *Re-post of my comments to her blog*

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