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E=MC2

Really. Einstein's famous equation called attention to the relationships among time and space and matter and energy that even has to do with vacationing and recreation. This is the promise of advanced rail: The conquest of time and space. With all that is said about networks and social media, there is nothing like being there.

In the course of domestic and international affairs, it is easy to look sight of the potential for progress in our times. In the dance between energy and matter, place continues to be important. In his 1996 book The Rise of the Network Society, then-Berkeley professor Manuel Castells pronounced victory of virtual over tangible aspects of life.

In the mid-1990s, Kenneth Tingey arranged a presentation in a hotel conference room for some clients. He set up dial-up access to the Internet through commercial services to demonstrate something that they had a very difficult time coming to understand. He had acquired some software to demonstrate important features of the Internet, which was a difficult phenomenon for them to understand in the first place. This was something that was government-funded, that had been so embedded in academic and military systems that it had become the information and communication backbone of the nation. It was now working its way into the public and commercial arenas – a highly-successful example of industrial policy instigated by government and supported by many individuals and organizations with interests in integrated systems.In the hotel presentation, Tingey was able to describing "going somewhere" from computer to computer. At each site, the computer was picking up information as it was made available. This was to be revolutionary. It didn't really seem so that day.

What is contemporary travel to be like?

It is far from satisfying or beneficial to "go somewhere" via the computer alone. This has turned out to be a hollow victory in many ways -- with undesirable and unsatisfying results in many cases. There is nothing like being there when it comes to outdoor sport and recreation, immersion in nature, and coming in contact with rish culture and society.

What is there to be seen?

Are all times and places created equal? Experience would indicate that this is not the case. Some places are suited to everyday pursuits and others are better experienced for pleasure and sport. Space is a factor; proximity is good for business, but low  density pursuits are better for well-being and thought.

What do our people deserve?

Getting from one to the other should be seamless and effortless and enjoyable in its own right. Otherwise, the very purposes of distraction, enjoyment, and recharge are frustrated. To the degree possible, the people have a right to enjoy the grandeur and the wonder of nature and the Earth's magnificence. These are for the masses if possible, at least cost and least burden to nature itself. As such, advances in transportation and hospitality in such locales are a must. The people need space; they need times and places for change and enjoyment. These need to be provided economically, but they transcend economics. These represent intrinsic aspects of being human.