Hadron Colliders, Poverty, and Priorities

I'm guessing you've read about the Large Hadron Collider, a $9B project funded by CERN.  If not - here is the latest.

I'm guessing that you may have also read The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs...or maybe have a general awareness that 1/6 of the world lives on less than $1.25 per day...or at least have seen a Sally Struthers commercial.

Frankly, I'm having a hard time reconciling the 2.

It isn't that I'm opposed to research, science, seeking the truths that may unravel the complex questions of our existence, etc.  On the contrary, I can think of few other causes more worthwhile than applied scientific research...one of which happens to be ending one of the most pressing and solvable issues of our time.

I'm currently about 1/4 of the way through Sachs' book, hence the departure from my typically pointless programming.  I've felt a mix of emotions - mainly embarrassment - with every page I've turned.  I have such relative wealth and opportunity to the developing word, yet I squander so much of my time and resources on the remarkably insignificant.

Maybe I'll get my act together and figure out a way to do something about it.  Maybe the Big Bang Machine will lead to world-changing discoveries...or maybe it won't.

Either way, I can't help but think that there are better ways to invest our time, money, and minds.