The Big Tent Poetry http://bigtentpoetry.org/ prompt for March 4, was “Science.” I was stuck on a poem so I made a list of the inventions, news releases and predictions I have read during my lifetime. The bolded items have come to pass, the others, not so much.
IT COULD HAPPEN
100 mpg cars
ENIAC (first computer)
Unmanned moon landing
Manned moon landing
Another ice age
Overpopulation of the Earth
The end of famine
The destruction of sea life through pollution
An end of polio*
A cure for the common cold
The eradication of the flu
An end to malaria
An increase in malaria
A cure for diabetes
An increase in cancer rate because of the ozone hole
An increase in cancer rate due to (name a chemical)
A cure for cancer
Unlimited, inexpensive energy
Flooding due to rising sea levels
Mankind’s destruction through nuclear winter
This is nowhere near a comprehensive list, but all these things have appeared in news releases within my lifetime. The ones in bold have been accomplished, at least temporarily. The others were premature news releases or predictions, which so far have not come true.
* Polio has reappeared in India and Nigeria and is spreading to neighboring countries. Only the lack of political will is allowing this to happen.