Here we are in the 21st century and there are getting to be more and more wonderful life-saving and disease-combating materials becoming available to us as new innovators hit the scene.
Not only are there real cures for deadly diseases and surgeries which are totally less-invasive (laproscopic procedures), but ideas are coming in thick and fast. Already a Dr Dougherty has eclipsed the popular eye-surgery, “lasik” with a new technique for attaching a new technology contact lens on top of the iris, giving some patients vision better than 20-15!
Medical thinking has never had it so good. Now a Dr Shah has perfected a method for innoculating vaccine against the build-up of plaque in the arteries, thereby reducing the threat of heart-attack by a factor of 40%! This is incredible and will certainly go a long way towards keeping people alive a lot longer. Already people are talking about 60 years of age being the new 30 in California, and the cost of medical care has skyrocketed since there are so many more people surviving deadly diseases and living longer.
At the same time, the medical profession has become a real growth industry and, while the economic world is on the verge of a real downturn, medicine is a growth industry, and anyone involved in it is guaranteed a viable income for life.
However, this trend has one rather strange aspect to it. The longer we all live, and the fitter and healthier we all become in old age, the higher the price is put on the physical defense of our lifestyles.
What I mean by this is that the more we live to a ripe old age, the less interested we will become in going after the villains and defending innocent citizens against crime, and going to war to fight terrorism. So we will soon have to add this to our agenda, if we want to continue to thrive in the year 2010.
Right now we have a universe of breathing, living, seeing, thinking and communicating beings. We should make it a priority to seek out an answer to this problem.