Day 127: A Supersonic Waste of Time

So here we have a ‘professional daredeveil’ – Felix Baumgartner, who has spent his life jumping off high places and out of planes. Recently he became the first human being to reach ‘supersonic’ speeds in a skydive, as he jumped out of a pod that was lifted by a balloon to a height of 120,000 feet. The jump was sponsored by Red Bull, and an undisclosed amount of money went into the jump’s planning and execution. The balloon alone cost several hundred thousand dollars, and the suit he wore for the jump cost $200,000. Apparently a team of engineers, doctors, and pilots spent 5 years working to make sure he’d be able to get through the jump alive.

After the successful jump, Felix Baumgartner said:

“Trust me, when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It’s not about breaking records any more. It’s not about getting scientific data. It’s all about coming home.”

Really? Humble? Humble in what way? Where is the humbleness in wanting to break the world record for highest, fastest skydive, spending millions of dollars and having teams of doctors, engineers, and pilots working hard to achieve a goal which is in essence nothing but the glorification of entertainment? Isn’t such a level of dedication to leisure pursuits simply ego and deliberate neglect in a world where the basic needs of half the world are not even fulfilled?

Where is the humbleness in spending all your time and effort in this life jumping down from high places while billions of human beings exist in poverty and crushing debt and thousands of children are dying from hunger every day?

So what if this one rich guy feels all small and insignificant looking down on the earth from 120,000 feet in the sky. What about all those suffering in poverty and starvation and war and sex enslavement and sweatshops? Don’t you think they must feel insignificant? I mean, we’re creating their insignificance by deciding that they don’t matter to us – only our entertainment and happiness matters to us.

And don’t you think it’s strange how our advancements in technology allow us to visit mars, perform supersonic skydives, dive to the depths of the ocean, communicate instantly with each other over any distance with a small electronic box, and yet we still haven’t managed to make sure everyone in the world is fed? There’s something wrong here.

I mean is it too much to ask to stop trying to break world records and achieve the highest heights of entertainment, and dedicate this life to ending completely unnecessary suffering like poverty and starvation? Wouldn’t that be a truly rewarding achievement?

Investigate Equal Money – let’s stop wasting time.

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