This is the third entry to a remarkable list of 10 innovations, laws and inventions that changed everyday living forever.
They appear in order of importance, with 1 being the most influential.
4th Place: Obesity as a Luxury
Or so it used to be… if we remount back to biblical times we can observe how starvation was quite common in most Middle East and European cities. Back then only the most rich and powerful men could afford enough food to actually become obese. Obesity was the by-product of endless banquets and excessive gluttony partaken by the ruling classes. This meant that the great majority of the world population in that era was either lean or unhealthily underfed.
Then came the late Renaissance (1700’s), and with it the expansion of the middle class and an increment in the amount of food available in Europe. It was during this period that a particular bizarre trend started to gain popularity in the wealthy class. Being obese became fashionable for the rich women since it was a sign of economic prosperity and abundance. Thus… obesity became sexy, as demonstrated by the countless nude paintings drawn at the time.
Fast forward a couple hundred years into the new millennium and the panorama has taken a 180 degree turn. Obesity is no longer a luxury, it’s no longer sexy, it is a health care problem. And a growing one that is, especially in the United States and the rest of the Western civilization. What once was attractive, is now unappealing. What used to be respected by all, is now a shunned by most. Its seem like the overweight/obesity rate in the USA (35%) is matched only by the starvation rate in Africa (28.2%).
Two completely different worlds.
One where people die because of excessive calories.
The other where they die due to the of lack them.
One where people fight eating.
The other where people fight to eat.
3rd Place: Pandora’s Web
In Greek mythology when the mistress Pandora peeked into the forbidden box all the evils spirits contained within escaped and spread across the whole earth. Thus disease, evil acts, and monsters were born.
In the modern age, when the World Wide Web was launched in 1991, all information contained inside became available to everyone and spread like a wild fire across the whole face of the Earth. And with it a new strain of viruses and monsters was born.
The World Wide Web, now more commonly referred to as the Internet, is quickly becoming the most powerful tool of communication humankind has ever known. It allows users to literally do everything they need with the simple click of a button. What started as a simple information service has evolved into a giant web of possibilities: messages, business transactions, online shopping, movies, chatting, webcam, socializing… if you can dream it, its probably possible.
Besides being an all powerful service tool, the Internet is also an increasingly powerful social tool in today’s modern society. The Internet is without a doubt the most influential innovation social life has experienced in the last couple decades.
Want to date but don’t got time: go to EHarmony
Want stay keep in contact with friends all over the world: Skype is the tool for you
Want to buy something: place your bid in Ebay
Want to find anything: Google it
The list simply goes on and on and on and on… and so does the the amount of hours new generations spend fulfilling their every desire online. Unfortunately the Internet has also dark side to it… it can serves as a portal where one can get away with extremely undignified transactions and propaganda… and worst of all, an excuse for a girl to give you her Facebook account instead of her number.
Don’t miss the countdown finale next week Friday, Semptember 3.
Till then… have a good night!!
It is sad how unbalanced the world we live in is. Where there are only extremes, no in-between. Isnt it crazy how people can fight hunger for two completly different reasons. looks and poverty.