Between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. this evening, some people will be sitting in the dark to express their “vote” for action on global climate change. By doing so, they they signal their desire that governments “take action” to Save The Planet™, such as implementing further restrictions upon energy production and consumption.
In other words, they’ll be advocating for increased regulations, increased restrictions on resource use, and concommitant reductions in individual freedom and the pursuit of happiness. Were the sorts of restrictions that they advocate today in place a hundred years ago, they would have no lights to turn off. They’d have no telephone, no television, no refrigerator, no heating system, no plumbing, no car, no computer – basically, they’d have a whole lot of nothing.
Thats why Human Achievement Hour (HAH) was born: to counteract the luddites in celebration of the fact that now is perhaps the best time to be alive that has ever existed. Be thankful for all that you have; turn on the lights, have some friends drive over, drink a beer or a glass of wine, watch some tv or listen to some music. Or just take a hot shower – something else that was impossible a century ago.