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  •  Technology has created as many problems (2+ / 0-)
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    as it has solved. Mining to build and run our many wonderful devices has degraded the environment and  turned lush nature into devastated scars on the earth. Markets can't keep up with the devastation we have wrought, in spite of what we might imagine.

    We have outsmarted ourselves and to imagine that we can engineer and consume ourselves out of the problems we have created is, I think, unrealistic. We may mitigate some of the problems we create, but then we move on to bigger and "better" problems.

    "Morality" may pale in comparison to man's great technological marvels, but a change in philosophy may be the only thing to save us. Civilizations have crashed before leaving behind cryptic clues for us to try to piece together, but we have found quite sophisticated technologies from the past that failed to save those who developed them. The society on Easter Island devastated their ecosystem so that no one could live there. Yet they could not stop themselves.

    Now we are moving toward a global crash of civilization but there is nowhere to go from here. Planetary exploration is in its infancy. We are left with half measures to try and halt the inexorable force of global warming because we lack the will to do more. If we buy ourselves some time with these measures the we scoff at the danger we have just escaped.

    Even with the rather conservative predictions of most climate scientists which are being surpassed day by day by reality, the climate deniers continue to scoff. Even if predictions were accurate to the minute deniers would still scoff because they don't want to be inconvenienced.  Human beings seem incapable of imagining their own demise yet historically they have met their demise regionally again and again. This time it will be global.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:45:56 PM PST

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