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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.

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  • Oct 15 2012: I completely agree with you we need a S.C.I.S. (I took the liberty of making an abbreviation of Social Cultural Intellectual Spiritual) revolution.

    The problem with our world are surprisingly simple especially considering the immense complexity of every individual problem.

    The problem is money or better yet, what it has become.

    The concept of money by itself is not a bad one.

    You take a single resource that is rare and can't be copied (gold for example) and use it as an mediator between two other resources.

    A good idea but this makes the mediator or better know as "money" the all powerful middle man.

    This is why there is and always will be an never ending demand for it. Which is fine except someone came up with the great idea loaning money to others with interest.

    Anyone with knowledge of basic math can tell you this is an impossible concept unless there is a constant economic growth of at least equal the amount of interest.

    So things where fine at first. The economy was growing faster then the population (partly due to the several large wars).

    But now (actually several years ago) we hit the point where our population growth became larger then our economic growth.

    Technology has improved our way of life and people are living longer on average which is great socially but incredibly destructive economically.

    And there is really only one way to resolve this and that is to take out the middle man (read: money).

    Our world has more then enough resources to provide a high quality of life for everyone on this planet and unlike many years ago we now have the technology to automate almost all forms resource gathering and transport them anywhere often within 24 hours.

    It makes me sick to see good, intelligent people slaving away at jobs that can be done faster and better by machines. But in order to make this possible we need that SCIS revolution to make people realize money has no reason to exist in our society.
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      Oct 23 2012: Robert - I think you make an excellent point - personally I believe we are not quite there yet, perhaps there is a small gap between now and 'man out of the loop'.

      see: Mind The Gap
      http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/economy2.html#gap

      The key to my mind - where you are exactly correct - is our existing ability to create massive (clean) energy for the whole world - this should be done now and there is no excuse for not doing so, (history will be harsh with us for not doing it), it solves most of the worlds core issues (water, food, transport etc). The reason we don't do it is political/business interests as we do have the resources - more than enough as you say!
      JP

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