Obstacles and problems are inherent in any form of human endeavors. No doubt, they are part and parcel of any strivings or efforts. Naturally, there is an innate urge for human beings to explore new frontiers, in order to make life more bearable and livable. We certainly want comfort and abhor any forms of difficulties in our daily activities. Hence, it forces each of us to look for solutions, i.e. for short term and also long term.
Since the earliest of civilizations, mankind is always on the look-out for ‘miracle solution’ to their multitude of problems. The so called ‘miracle solution’ has guided, and also has misled so many people. In the desire to contribute or to capitalize on the obvious opportunities, so many hopes have been dashed and hence so many dreams have evaporated into thin air.
In every dimension or strata of living, we face problems which are intra- and inter-dependence to so many parameters. Hence, the solutions cannot be too rigid and simplified. The collateral impacts must be anticipated, what more if the proposed solutions are prone to mishap and misadventure. What nobody wants is the efforts needed to rectify damages which seemed very logical and obvious, retrospectively.
In monitoring and managing, via proper measurements, of our marine resources, surely we will face so many obstacles and challenges. Solutions are needed. What more if anybody can propose a ‘miracle solution’. But, as the name suggests, miracle does not normally happened, especially thru the efforts of the fallible and mortal humans. Nevertheless, ‘miracle solution’ of slightly more human-like is certainly possible.
This pseudo ‘miracle solution’ will only be realizable with good and solid pool of relevant knowledge and experiences. In relation to underwater applications of technology, more can be done. With the existing limitations of available technology and expertise, even the pseudo ‘miracle solution’ is out of our reach. What is there left for us then?
One of the most enduring traits of mankind is the ability to dream and having hope for the future. This is exactly the starting point of our journey. We must be clear of the dreams that we want, and why we want them. The reality today is the dream that our forefathers had before. So, the future generation is banking on us to set their reality. Big responsibility, no doubt!
So, what is the so-called ‘miracle solution’ for the problems related to underwater applications of existing modern technology? I do not know, and am quite sure nobody else knows them as yet. This situation is certainly an opportunity for all budding and engaging researchers. In every crisis, there is opportunity, so they say. Especially in Malaysia and the surrounding countries, the related problems which exist certainly outnumbered the possible working solutions.
“Simple operations and minimum maintenance” may be a simple guide to the so-called ‘miracle solution’. I know as researchers, this may be a tough item to fulfill, but we must try. This is because any proposed solutions cannot be too complex and even transient in nature. Instead, they must be robust and sustainable. And, if the solutions are sustainable, yet very simple and robust, it can then qualify the term ‘miracle’ that we put to the solution perfectly.