Daily Prompt: Undo

If you could un-invent something, what would it be? Discuss why, potential repercussions, or a possible alternative.

Gösgen through the train window

There are many items which I would love to un-invent, but mostly hanging together with my personal likes and dislikes. Guess what? Fifteen years ago I smoked about fifteen cigarettes a day. I was addicted, but one fine day I did “cold turkey” and stopped and have not touched one since. Apart from the fact that it is an expensive past time, it is not healthy either. Gone are the days when I awoke in the morning with an aching throat, with a craving for tobacco. I really did it. Life would have been so much easier if the South Americans did not discover how to light a leaf and draw it into their lungs (I think it was the Aztecs). If Francis Drake, the english seafarer, had not decided to take a consignment of tobacco on his ship back to England Europe would today be nicotine free. I can hear all those smokers saying how narrow minded I am and it is their business if they smoke or not. Of course, they are right, but I am now at the stage where I would like to see it banned. Smoke gets in my eyes, my nose and discolours the windows and furniture. I try to be tolerant, but have now given up. An alternative I do not know and it does not interest me. Try chewing gum or smoking an electic cigarette – one way or the other it is no longer my problem.

Actually I have a list of things which are not really necessary to every day life. I lay in the sun if I want to get a tan, so who invented the sun studios? I can cook, I learned to cook, so why do I have to buy all this precooked rubbish that is being sold. The latest is that all the meat products, frozen or pre-cooked, seem to contain horse. Basically even if they did not, I ask myself what else would they contain? Lasagna and spaghetti bolognese is not rocket science, so make it yourself. Ok, not everyone is a cook, but then avoid it and eat something else. Even a hamburger is just minced meat with spice, flattened and fried. Not that I am against MacDonalds, I appreciate them myself. If you want to complain about the fast food, then reduce it and try making it yourself. It works.

There also seem to be tons of cream on the market for a better skin, reducing wrinkles or whatever. Do we really need it? I am sure it is not worth the money we pay for it, so as far as I am concerned, that could go as well.

My photo above is of our local nuclear power plant in Gösgen. I took it from a moving train, so not so clear. We are lucky in Switzerland to have only five of these and perhaps also lucky that our Government has now decided to phase them out by 2034, the decision caused by the problems Japan had after their last earthquake. Our plants are in quite good condition, although no longer new. One of the oldest is near Bern, Mühleberg, and that will be the first to go by 2019 according to what I have read. I would welcome this idea, but it is not as easy as we think. Of course we are all sitting on a slow time bomb, playing with nuclear energy, but what do we have to replace it. Coal, Oil, sun collectors – all very expensive and we can all be prepared to pay double for our future energy consumption. Not only that, but Switzerland is a small country with a population of seven million inhabitants, thus we only have five of these power plants. We are surrounded by a few other countries, one of which is France.

Vive la France and all the nuclear power plants that are spaced out along the Swiss borders. France have no intention whatsoever to do away with this means of energy. I love the French, love their food, love the language, but I do not love their energy politics. If Switzerland succeed in finding an alternative for their nuclear energy, I do not think that France will even start to search for a solution. They are happy with their nuclear power and if there might be a “small” accident, we will probably never hear about it. We will just measure the increasing radio activity in our atmosphere. If the wind is blowing in the right direction, it might even be that Switzerland will get the main part and the French can carry cooking their wonderful food with no problem and producing their super wine made from grapes growing on radioactive free hillsides because it might just be that the Swiss wine will start glowing, infected with radio activity.

So now I have said my piece. I am sure there are many other useless inventions, but at the moment they just do not come into my mind: any suggestions?

Daily Prompt: Undo

16 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Undo

  1. Good post: I used to smoke and then smoked occasionally up until fairly recently but I don’t touch it now sometimes you just need to be ready in yourself to give up and I was, I guess you were too.

    As for processed foods, yeah I don’t get it, pre-made lasagne or anything really, a ready made roast dinner for example, I don’t get it, it can be made and I don’t believe that there are people out there that couldn’t do a tomato sauce with pasta, its nuts. In saying that we have some processed stuff although it is normally around those frozen pasta with fillings and they are only if we cannot be arsed one night. Generally we have a cooked meal cook from scratch every night, and I am not loaded with money, if I can do it then most people can too. Other things that make me laugh are things like pre cut onions and other veg, humans are so damn lazy they even pay a premium to have someone else cut up the veg.

    The sunbeds are funny, as a guy I don’t use them but I don’t see the point.. creams a lotions, sure I guess but you could either make them yourself using les chemicals or eat a diet that will help healthier skin, eyes, or whatever it is you need.

    But nuclear power yeah that is what I would undo, I didn’t actually reply to today’s prompt but I think I shall snatch that portion of your idea and uninvent atomic energy.


    • Thanks for your comments. I think I have collected them after 46 years of being a housewife, mother, and stressed out working mother. I look forward to reading your entry.


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  3. We only have 2 nuclear power stations in South Africa. As far as I am concerned, waste of time, we have plenty of sun, wind and big rivers, so why not harness that? I do enjoy your thoughts, so keep on sharing. Makes me think and smile, both things good! Mwah!


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  11. Good points! The smell of cigarette smoke makes my eyes water. As someone who takes public transportation I also don’t want to sit beside someone who reeks of cheap tobacco!!
    I don’t eat a lot of processed food although I admit I have been cheating more with Mom in hospital. Most people just don’t realize how much salt is in their food and it’s best to eat naturally anyway.
    There my two cents worth.


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