Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Solomonian hypothetical

Solomon [1]. According to the Hebrew Bible he was a king of Israel, the son of King David, and the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem. He reputedly had 700 wives and 300 concubines. But I write of him today because of his wisdom [2]. Especially the Judgement of Solomon [3] – regarding a scenario not amenable to compromise. Trees have been on my mind a lot lately. Notably the aftermath of the 16 September windstorm [4] including the collapsed woodpile [5]. Yesterday I read that a Dutch university study suggests wi-fi radiation may be harming trees [6, 7, 8]. The researchers say their results are inconclusive and merit further study. But of course those with a big stake in debunking this inchoate causal association have lost no time in debunking it – even without criticising the Dutch research methodology [9]. But let’s for a moment imagine wi-fi radiation does indeed damage, and kill, trees. And no tree on our planet is immune from such damage and death. In that case, mankind would have to choose: wi-fi or trees. Because wi-fi and trees is not an option. It’s a scenario not amenable to compromise. A clear Judgement of Solomon matter. A decision must be made – because not choosing is the same as choosing wi-fi. But King Solomon, who legend has it is the wisest person who ever lived, is long since dead. What will happen? What would you choose? Me? I’d choose trees. Undoubtedly.

3 comments:

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

TREES!

farmdoc said...

Dear Chrows25
Congratulations - you just equalled the record for the shortest comment.
With best regards
Farmdoc.

Geoffrey Brittan said...

Yes, trees get my vote. Any man who could keep 700 wives happy is indeed a wise man, but I wouldn't expect him to have time to help me. Anyway, the decision is such an easy one.