Reflections of Change from the Birth of the Lightbulb

Fear has always accompanied change! We have to learn new ways to do things, it is part of life. It is part of being in this world.

As I reflect on this sign from the British museum, I see in it all of the elements of change:

  • What is it?
  • How does it work?
  • Will it harm me or my way of life?

These elements of change have remained constant and we will do well to remember them as we introduce new technology.

David Flanders – Flickr – Accessed 4/5/2008 3:34 PM

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3 thoughts on “Reflections of Change from the Birth of the Lightbulb

  1. “The use of electricity for lighting is in no way harmful to health.”

    Boy, did they get that wrong!

    Of course, back then, all they used to generate electricity was hydro. Not coal, not nuclear, not oil.

  2. Brilliant sign. Yes, safety and technology have always had to hand in hand. I think it is more a fear of the unknown than the irresponsible use of technologies past.

  3. @nick — YEs, just about anything can end up not so advantageous, but we don’t really know until we experience I guess.

    @James — Yes — fear of the unknown is a big motivator. I think we all get to an age where we want it to stop but then I think that is when we are ready to die. I wish to live and there fore I want to join in and continue to grow.

    When you’re green you’re growing, when you’re ripe, you rot!

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