Q1: What kind of institution would you most like to be named after you?
I think I’d like a library named after me. I think reading is the most important skill we can possibly learn. They tend to save that for Presidents and the like, though, so my hopes aren’t high!
Q2: Which common technology we have today do you consider to be the most harmful?
I guess that depends on your definition of “common technology.” If you mean “commonly understood,” then I’d have to say that nuclear tech still wins hands down. Nothing else yet that we know of could destroy everything in a single, horrible moment. Even superbugs have medicines usually. But if we’re talking about “commonly used technology,” I’m going for the cell phone. We have already raised an entire generation with social anxiety because they don’t know how to talk to each other in person, and online discourse encourages and rewards a lot of negative behaviours, such as rudeness, and “siloing,” in that we can choose to limit our discourse to people that we already agree with. I used to work as a taxi dispatcher, and it was a soul-killing job. People were horrible to me on the phone. But then I started riding around in my hubby’s taxi, and meeting the people face-to-face who were nasty to me, and they stopped being nasty, simply because putting a human face to a voice makes it harder to be cruel. But I hesitate to call any technology “harmful.” It’s really all in how it’s used. For example, writing is so much easier with the internet, and cell phones put all that at our fingertips any time we like. And nuclear power is the most effective power source we currently have; though I’d advise we consider putting the power plants in space and harvesting their energy from there so that we can minimize their damaging potential.
Q3: Would you rather have more intelligence or greater wisdom?
That’s a good question. I would have to side with greater wisdom. Intelligent people often lack common sense, and this can make them do stupid things simply because they think that, rationally, humans should work that way, when in reality humans aren’t often rational. Take economics, for instance. Economists theorize about logical systems that never work because people just don’t act that way.
Diane Morrison lives with her partners in Vernon, BC, where she was born and raised. She likes pickles and bluegrass, and hates talking about herself. An avid National Novel Writing Month participant and gaming geek, she is proudly Canadian and proudly LGBTQ. Under her pen name “Sable Aradia” she is a successful Pagan author, a musician, and a professional blogger. After a lifetime of putting the needs of her family first, she is striking out to become what she always wanted to be; a speculative fiction writer. Follow her on Twitter or on her blog.