THANKFUL FOR OUR GIFTS
by James Santagata
I woke up at 3 am. Dry throat. I flipped on a light switch, used the flushing toilet, washed my hands with soap and clean water, had a drink of potable water, checked to make sure my TV was office, that the refrigerator and freezer doors were closed, that my induction heating stove and appliances were off, and that my wife had set the “scheduler” button for our front loading washing machine and dryer to room.
I plugged in my smart phone to recharge it, and closed the front window when I heard a motorcycle scream by.
Then I got on my knees and thank my White Male Ancestors for all of these gifts, the thousands of inventions and unveiling of basic science to produce each of these products – the basic science and tech involved in a taken for granted automobile is mind blowing as is the people who invented or unveiled those secrets.
It is not a social construct but an intergenerational baton pass of cultural and cognitive curiosity and ability underpinned and informed by genetics.