|Forum topic by madts||posted 358 days ago||581 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
358 days ago
Many many years ago you started a business making tables. The first table was for an Earl and it was left unfinished. A Duke saw this table and wanted one, but he wanted this thing to shine. You got to working and found this stuff that was a great finish that would reflect the sun like crazy. The Duke said go for it.
You made the table and put the finish on it. It turned out great, but you did not feel well after it was done. You would throw-up and have headaches.
Two weeks later you heard that the Dukes family was dead, after a feast. (They ate right off the table and did not use plates).
You did not think much about it until you remembered the nausea you had finishing the table. You called the local alchemist and told him what you had done. He called back the next day and told you to never to do that again. You had unbeknownst to you used arsenic in the finish. Also he sent you a bill for 7 Knuts.
After a while you decided to get together with the alchemist. It was decided to make a better finish that would not finish off the costumers. Now both of you had costumers that would not die from the products that you made. Yes it cost you some Knuts but at least you had costumers that lived and would spread the word of mouth, about your tables and the good finish on them.
So far the moral is that pollution happens, but if checked it can be a good thing. It creates innovation, it creates jobs, it keeps people alive so that you have your costumers longer. If the economy is only based on short term profits you will get burning rivers, coal mine collapses and other horrors. When things turn to a long term economy we might be able to prevent many of the disasters we see in the US., China and Bangladesh to mention a few.
You guys help me make the list of innovations: Dust masks come to mind.
My Rant for the week.
-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.