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Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/13/18
If the world couldn't use one of these materials ever again, which one should it absolutely not be? In other words, which one do you think is the most valuable to the world and why? How would the world be different without it and how would it personally impact you? Share your thoughts.

Let's see which material will be deemed the most valuable in the world.
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Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/13/18
Despite that I have selected Wood, I am currently deciding as which material does different societies use the most for many inventions.

I suppose the material depends on the group, since there are tribes or villagers that use mainly wood while urban and rural areas use wood, metal, fabrics and glass.
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Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/13/18
Originally I was gonna wood as an obvious answer, but I went with fabric. In a perfect world it would be wood because without it there's no trees. But I went with fabric because puritanical monotheists would rather we all die than see each other naked
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Posted 7/13/18 , edited 7/13/18
Let's just base this on where these materials have taken us

Well, if we didn't have metal, we would basically be stuck on the ground and forced to walk while not being able to transport anything of considerable value to the rest of the world, and fight our battles with our fists or words. Also we wouldn't be able to build up into the sky, and provide and harness the power of electricity.


If we didn't have wood..... we would basically be screwed, and most of everything in the world wouldn't be feasible/practical.

If we didn't have plastic, in a way life would be better, but bland. At least we would appreciate everything more.

If we didn't have fabric, freeze or burn, pick your poison.

If we didn't have glass. How can we save money, while having a protected window to the world.


Practicality vs advanced practicality............ I can't answer this, but I like wood too much
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Posted 7/13/18 , edited 7/13/18
good luck breathing without wood, we can go without fabric, we can figure out how to clothe ourselves in other fashions. they make synthetic things all the time, but without wood there goes the planet.
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Posted 7/13/18 , edited 7/13/18

niotabunny wrote:

good luck breathing without wood, we can go without fabric, we can figure out how to clothe ourselves in other fashions. they make synthetic things all the time, but without wood there goes the planet.


I didn’t mean remove all that material from the planet as in all the trees. I meant remove it from human use. Some environmental extremists would see that as a good thing to stop deforestation.

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Posted 7/14/18 , edited 7/14/18
If you had put crude oil instead of plastic, it would be more difficult to pass this one over. At least I won't have to worry about road apples (horse poo) or leaving wood as our only other heating material.

Metal is needed for almost every modern item, including the secondary power source Electricity. This is my worst to lose.

You can use mica and other transparent minerals instead of glass.

We could be fine without fabric. It just means using plastic sheets and leather for all our clothes and furnishings.

Wood is second on my list to metal for worst to lose. It's one of the first materials we used and is really hard to see us without.
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