Solar Glass

Guess who didn’t elongate Blogtober? THIS GIRL. JK, I did, but it’s on my other blog.

Anyway, I’m writing a post here because the inspiration and infuriation slips out of my head. I clicked on this article on Facebook earlier to read about solar glass. It’s a pretty cool concept – imagine working or living in a building whose exterior is made entirely of colorful glass that conducts electricity and helps power the place. Sweet, right? (Although perhaps mildly terrifying if something like a hurricane ever hit. No glass buildings in Florida, then.)

At the end of the article is this paragraph:

Professor David Lidzey from the University of Sheffield said: “Spray coating is currently used to apply paint to cars and in graphic printing. We have shown that it can also be used to make solar cells using specially designed plastic semiconductors. Maybe in the future surfaces on buildings and even car roofs will routinely generate electricity with these materials.”

This is the part that infuriated me. Not the actual statement, but rather the idea that we have the knowledge, we have the resources, and we have the potential to make this actually happen. Yet as humanity – as a global society – we are still stuck in the old ways of mining rapidly decreasing fossil fuels and using nuclear energy to power ourselves because MONEY, a man-made fallacy that we consciously allow to rule our lives, is more important to us than the very ground on which we live on and the very air of which we breathe that allows us to even be here and play these stupid games.

It infuriates me that things like this, like solar glass, are not mainstream and easily accessible and affordable for the public when they have every potential to be. And especially when they make so much more sense than using a limited resource like fossil fuels, as opposed to an unlimited resource like the sun. it’s legitimately stupid.

I know I’m not the only one who thinks this way. But I wish the growing “humanity” community would increase at the rate of which we are depleting our natural resources for our own ends. I wish a revolution would really happen because this shit is getting ridiculous and the structure of our society is extremely unbalanced.

Instinct.

Last night before I went to bed, I was on Tumblr (obviously) and one of the last posts that I reblogged haunted me all throughout today. This is the post I’m talking about, but here is the content and gif in case you’re lazy and don’t want to follow the link:

Many classic horror icons and other disturbing creatures share common characteristics. Pale skin, dark, sunken eyes, elongated faces, sharp teeth, and the like. These images inspire horror and revulsion in many, and with good reason. The characteristics shared by these faces are imprinted in the human mind.

Many things frighten humans instinctively. The fear is natural, and does not need to be reinforced in order to terrify. The fears are species-wide, stemming from dark times in the past when lightning could mean the burning of your tree home, predators could be hiding in the dark, heights could make poor footing lethal, and a spider or snake bite could mean certain death.

The question you have to ask yourself is this:

What happened, deep in the hidden eras before history began, that could effect the entire human race so evenly as to give the entire species a deep, instinctual, and lasting fear of pale beings with dark, sunken eyes, razor sharp teeth, and elongated faces?

The last paragraph really got to me. My first instinctual thought was “aliens”, I’m not gonna lie. Or aliens to us now. I turned on all the lights last night before meditating, when I went to get water, and when I woke up this morning, it was the first thought to flood back to me. I think the question of what happened in the depths of our humanity that scarred us instinctually is not only valid, but extremely important.

I’m watching an old Ancient Aliens episode right now, and they’re talking about the origins of Satan throughout the cultures of the world and what he was represented as (reptilian-like, similar to the description in the above Tumblr post). I think this is related. I need to ruminate on this subject further before I come to any solid, concrete theories of my own. But I think it’s a great question to ask and an even greater journey of speculation to discovering something important about our past.