Wednesday, August 10, 2011

An Inapt Analogy

I used to hear people say, “If they can put men on the Moon, why can’t they feed the world?” Perhaps the reason that you don’t hear that anymore has to do with the way that a more precise rendition of the question contains its own answer: “If the government can put men on the Moon for two weeks (total time logged on the Moon during six missions by American astronauts over 41 months from 1969-1972), then why can’t the government feed the world?”

Doesn’t the answer become clear? Human beings cannot eat six times over a 40-month period and then go for more than forty years without eating at all.