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Stefan H. Farr


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Debate: Our culture isn't adapting to our rapidly progressing technology.

There is a lot of talk about the current economic crises. Projections, promises or just plain old confusion, everybody seems to have an opinion on when and how it will get resolved or on the contrary how it will not resolve, but rather bring about the end of us.

Personally, I believe that it "can" resolve, but not by traditional economic measures, because the cause of it is not purely economic in nature. I believe, that this crises stems from a profound conflict brought about by the increasing incompatibility of our cultural, social and economic values with the ever more advanced technological progress that we are accumulating. Our inability to culturally adapt to this rapid technological progress is like a dead weight that impedes our metamorphosis as a species altogether.

Consequently, I believe that the next giant leap in our evolution must be a cultural / spiritual / intellectual / social one and not a technological one. Technologically we are way beyond what we can culturally accommodate and so any more progress in this domain will only deepen the conflict rather than resolve it.

Thank you!


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It's been a pleasure reading your comments. Thank you very much everybody for the excellent insight.

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    Oct 14 2012: I couldn't agree more ! Technological advancements are ,in part, turning our humans into a completely "digitalized" species. We can't seem to think, act , or even survive without technology! Technology can account for both the enlightenment of the few , but also the absent mindedness of the majority of our society. Technology really only accommodates those who know how to use it to their advantage. I've always believed that spirituality (not to be confused with religion), and intelectuality would possibly be a more practical accommodation for our culture because the majority just can't seem to keep up with , or even find the true usefulness of technology.

    I think i've digressed a little, but i agree with the argument you've presented.

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