“Can’t this be done this way?’’
“Is there no other easier way or short cut to achieve this?’’
I think this is a common saying among all humans. One of the common traits of man is to look for the easiest way to result. Well, not really bad.
I think this statement is one of our common drives and motivations for civilization. It starts from our thoughts to our actions. One undeniable fact among human reasoning is that ‘if you can’t do new things or improve on what has been done you are considered useless and unintelligent’. This thought has played out in our technology, engineering, and industrial sector ,etc.
In fact, the 21 century is a function of civilization. Generally, in the world today, the people we celebrate most are intelligent and logical people in different world sectors. If you ask me why you are not celebrated enough as part of the world stars, then it may be that you have not done something really logical that breaks the record of what the world can pay attention to or you have not really developed the skills needed for it.
As a Lagosian, born in nigeria, I decided to take an evening stroll on the street of Lagos, while I began having a musing. Zzzzooomm, I took my stand firmly, that’s a noise accompanied by thick smoke from the silencer of a vehicle. I could remember that the smoke coming out from the silencer of a vehicle is called carbon monoxide.
Carbon Monoxide is a common gas in form of smoke from automobiles and other heavy duty machines. Carbon Monoxide is what I can call “the product of civilization”.
Well, you may disagree. As I continued my musing, I began to count the number of smoky vehicles that I could see. It was about 150 smoky vehicles in thirty minutes (maybe because of my environment).
I was so surprised at two things; the number of vehicles and the smoke it produces per day.
In our quest for civilization we invented different things, but i think we make mistakes in some because of the effect it causes. Carbon Monoxide is a threat to human life . It is easily absorbed through the lungs. Inhaling the gas can result to hypoxic injury , nervous system damage , and subsequently death. It’s indeed, a silent killer.
As I continued my musing, I remembered Mr Akpos, a neighbor of ours, who rented an apartment (we regard him as being poor) but has a car, a smoky car, we often call the car “short cut to hell fire”.
The truth of the matter is that we can’t stop buying automobiles and generators because of carbon monoxide.
An average Lagosian will prefer to buy a car and live in a-room. See, because of our state in the country I still don’t think we can survive without generators (hope this becomes a lie one day). Hence, we buy cars, generators, use stoves etc with our money. Let me reveal this quickly, when you buy a car you get two things, a car and the fumes it will generate. We buy a slow poison with our car called carbon monoxide.
I also began to think of its solution. I noticed that all our civilization could produce in this line of thought is reduction measures(meaning we can only reduce the rate of its production in cars, generators etc). The perfect solution is what we can do, since we can’t stop using cars and other machines, Then we can’t stop inhaling this poison. Zzooooom, well, that’s another smoky vehicle.
As I continued my musing, I came to this final conclusion, everybody likes car but nobody wants to die of car exhaust (carbon monoxide), everybody like generator but nobody want to die of its exhaust, the carbon monoxide has become our dearest friend as we cant do without the machines that produces it more often.
Carbon dioxide is our dearest poison. It comes free as we buy our devices, it’s the hidden poison in the pocket of our dearest friends(cars, generators etc). Carbon Monoxide is no friend of the rich and poor. Let us keep our environment safe!