Oh! Human Beings, you call your species “Homo sapien sapien – very Wise man”.
But are you really wise?
Your much vaunted technology is a product of Tyranny and Avarice, whilst your Social structure is a stagnant,frozen Neolithic structure and it has not progressed along with your technology as it progressed.
When you became a more sedentary species due to you learning how to grow the plants and domesticated animals to meet your needs. The structure of your society was such that it gave rise to those of you that thought they had the right to subjugate their fellow humans and make the subjugated ones to provide them with a life of ease. To that end they used fear and intimidation to maintain their position within your society. They used your beliefs that explained the world around you, as you had no understanding of the workings of the world around you. At that time you believed that a god or gods controlled the world around you and you.
The tyrants perverted your beliefs to create the ruse that they are either a manifestation of a god or the representative of a god to maintain their power over you and in a modified form is still being used to-day to control you in the form of the Abrahamic religions and other religions that require you to bow and scrape to the god/gods of that religion. It also became a solace in your life to help you bear the privation and deprivation of your life created by the tyrants ruling over you! Thus religion also robbed you of your true ability to think for yourself by saying that it has has all the answers to life and the world around you!
Once they had gained this control of you they then proceeded to wage war against other groups of people to extract tributes of food and other goods desired by them. In waging these wars as the arts and crafts were learnt these were perverted for use in waging these wars.
But these societies instead of progressing and improving their structure for benefit of all in their society, stagnated and rusted into the societies we have to-day. Where a persons circumstances in life is governed by the circumstances of their birth. Where they that are born in to the so called royalty of society they will not truly experience the life of those supposedly born below them in society. Where they that are born in to the so called Wealthy of society they will not truly experience the life of those supposedly born below them in society. Where they that are born in to the so called lower strata of society they will only experience a life of servitude serving those in the upper echelons of society.
Technology! What is it?
It is the physical application of the abstract knowledge of the physical world. This abstract is also known as science. The word science itself just means knowledge.
Prior to the so called industrial revolution knowledge and technology was spluttering along and the merchants were making profits by buying goods that were either unobtainable in their home country or of a desirable nature that all though manufactured in their home country have a different quality or made from an exotic material unobtainable in their home country or to appease the whims and fancies of royalty and the wealthy.
The so called industrial revolution occurred at the same time as the beginning of the age of enlightenment. But it was not driven by enlightenment but by avarice of the upper strata of society. The lower strata of the society became the mere automatons producing the goods that they were lucky to ever be able to acquire as the upper strata made sure of that by reimbursing them with just enough to keep a pitiful roof over the heads and most meagerly of foods and clothing to keep body and soul together and covered from the elements.
Centuries rolled by and here we are in the present where nothing has changed in reality. The industrial revolution went gang busters where we as a species are witnessing the beginning of the greatest extinction event in 66 million years, a planetary climate that is heating up, and the destruction of the very web of life that not only do the other species both flora and fauna depend upon but WE ourselves also depend upon for existence.
And all I hear is the lines “ Oh! Our technology will saves us!”
Yes! The very same technology that is destroying it will help them.
That is sheer ARROGANCE.
Arrogance is not only thinking you are better than somebody else or know everything, it is also on the species level is in the thinking their species has all the answers. But to have all the answers to situations as they arise therefore must you must also have all the knowledge to answer those situations with a good all encompassing certainty the remedies applied will succeed within bounds set by Nature.
Homo sapien sapien does not have all that knowledge thus does not have all the answers.
“For a Civilisation to prosper materially over and above what is actually required to maintain a life with dignity, then the Planet must be impoverished to the ultimate disadvantage of all life including their own”
That waging war was not solving anything except to exacerbating the destruction of the Planet by the constant need to totally rebuild their cities and towns and to re-arm themselves. True peace is never achieved as every individual is living under the shadow of the next war to come. It creates a fear that festers deep within the individuals of the society thus making it easier for the next war-monger to incite the people to war so exorcising the fear within.
That arrogance your piece mentions Davy is the one commodity that's not in short supply, in fact, there's enough to go around.
Good one Davy.