>Nick Boldrini wote:
However, the same could be said about studying and preserving the
environment. It doesn't actually do anything.
Except provide us with every single thing we eat, wear, and use, but I could
agree with you that much of that is useless!
Well actually preserving or more rightly conserving the environment does do
a lot. We all live in a sort of balanced ecology whereby the state of our
environment, though not imediately obvious, has a significant effect on our
lives and economy.
Through study of the environment we now know of the ills of chemical
fertilisers, pollution effects on health, the significance of reed beds
against coastal erosion, the effects of deforrestation on global climate and
so on and so forth...... All deemed quite significant these days. Deeming
all this as insignificant is like leading a blind man over a cliff.
With the regard to archaeology the fact that a profession or even amateur
study exists goes to show that there is some purpose to it, even if the
purpose is purely the satisfaction of knowing.
There are a great many other occupations and professions one could be
arguably call useless.
And not to defile a recent national celebration but is it really useful to
society to be able to sail from Cornwall around the world and back to
Why if you are already in Cornwall would you leave it if your whole purpose
in the first place is end up there?