Live to Work vs Work to Live
|January 11th, 2014, 07:22 PM||#11 (permalink)|
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I wouldn't want to delve into a political or philosophical argument, as I see this going off-topic, but here are my thoughts.
I see two uses of a gun:
1. To kill animals as a sport.
2. To kill people in self-defense.
As soon as I had gotten deep enough into physics, I realized that I could achieve (1) very effectively if I wanted to. I had a friend who assembled a fission reactor over 2 nights in his dorm room (he won the ISEF a year before that, on particle acceleration, so he had the appropriate knowledge, since the vacuum hardware is the most difficult part). All he needed to was to dial up a couple of parameters and he could decimate all of the animals in a 1 mile radius. Sporting - yes - but I think it's distasteful.
As for (2): I agree that people should be allowed to defend themselves. However, I disagree that they should be handed guns to do it, because guns aren't that effective weapons anyway (it's well-documented that people have been struck in the head and still continued to cause damage). A more effective weapon of self-defense would be a grenade launcher. So all guns should be banned and grenade launchers should be sold in lieu of guns. I'm serious.
Perhaps - I haven't thought too much about other sociopolitical issues.
Actually, the first $10M comes much easier than the next $100M. Ask those around you who have made it above the $100M mark and I'll wager that they agree. In today's environment, it's fairly easy to achieve the first $10M by sheer chance.