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Old 10-11-2008, 11:36 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Originally Posted by Greatday
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Then again - unless consumers purchase goods and services, the companies that make them would not exist - and there would be far fewer jobs -
The illusion that you need a 'job' (read: need to get paid) is completely useless.
Another thing which is useless is money, especially when you're self-sufficient ( like most 'primitive' tribes who survive without the internet, TV, McDonalds and other useless luxury articles).
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Highly politically incorrect, but PLASTIC is the most important invention of the past century. Where would we be without it? Imagine the impact on our environment over the past 50 years if everything plastic had to be made out of wood, glass or metal?
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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If oil was never discovered we'd still be riding horses. And you wouldn't be reading this either.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:44 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Originally Posted by jtur88
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Imagine the impact on our environment over the past 50 years if everything plastic had to be made out of wood, glass or metal?
You speak as if humanity could never have survived without oil or plastic.
The shark was so perfect in design that it never needed to evolve much from his basic design, unfortunately humanity was so poorly equipped that they needed to invent technology.
Unfortunately man is unable to properly use his technology because as a species he has never mastered his own ego.
At least the caveman still considered himself a part of the natural world, but because of our technology we consider ourselves gods instead of equals to the rest of the animals. This pride will be our downfall; Pride always comes before the fall and never has man been more proud of himself and isolated himself from nature as today with our modern technology.


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If oil was never discovered we'd still be riding horses. And you wouldn't be reading this either.
At least horses are cheaper and they don't pollute so I don't see any downside.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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If oil was never discovered we'd still be riding horses. And you wouldn't be reading this either.
I don't know about YOU...but I walk. My legs still work.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: vagabond
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yeah. i walk, take the bus, and ride my bike. mountain bikes are another invention that i love, though they certainly wouldn't be classified as some of the 'most important discoveries'.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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I don't know about YOU...but I walk. My legs still work.
Do you walk cross country????
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:05 PM
 
Location: in my imagination
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Im going with either chocolate or maintaining ice.Ice is just soooo good when you want a cold drink.
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Ottawa, Canada
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a difficult one but id say controllable, storeable and creatable energy. i know it covers a wide range of things and you can use the "yeah but this had to be invented so you could use that energy" arguement but still
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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If oil was never discovered we'd still be riding horses. And you wouldn't be reading this either.

That's bogus. Ever heard of steam-powered locomotives?
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