Invisible Structures

With our eyes wide shut 

electlinesEven with our eyes open, we don't really see what's around us. As we  drive down the highways we just don't register the parade of  cellphone towers that intrude on our peripheral vision with amazing  frequency. Nor do we take notice of the ubiquitous telephone poles,  transmission lines, or water tanks, even when they are in plain  sight. When we do notice them, we excuse their intrusion into the  natural landscape because although they are not pretty, they are very  useful to us.

With the much discussed wind turbines, it is a different matter.  We notice them because they aren't yet commonplace. Many (but not  all) of us see them as beautiful kinetic modern sculpture as well as  being functional. They would give us pollution-free electricity. They  would help us forestall climate change with it's coming sea rise. We  
would breathe healthier air. Our rain would be less acidic. Fish,  birds, and plant life would suffer less toxicity. Those turbines  obviously pass the utility test.

When they become commonplace structures we will hardly notice  them. We'll just pay little or no attention to them. They will be as  invisible to us as radio transmission towers are now. All the carping  about aesthetics will be ancient history. Bloggers will discover some  new hot button issue. Better days are coming.

Richard C. Bartlett
Cotuit

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