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We need to have new conversations if we wish to introduce new variables.
originally posted by: Astyanax
I think we should be wary of 'introducing new variables', because the consequences of them are seldom fully foreseen. Often there may be unpleasant surprises in store. Even when there are not, we often see the new variables we introduce change our world in radical, unforeseen ways. Look at mobile telephony, and now smartphones — did anyone predict the different ways in which they would come to be used, or how dependent we would grow on them?
Change has to happen. It's inevitable. And most of the time we can't foresee the future. But I would rather we steered our societies — and the planet — with a lighter touch than we do now. I also worry that this is impossible. Time will tell.
I think though, that it is easy to see more of a threat in the new and the unknown, regardless of validity. Perhaps just a part of human nature?
I truly feel the key lies in proper incentives.