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Originally posted by GENERAL EYES
I'll even go so far as to state that several of these proposed "ideas" are already manifesting in the world around us.
Might I also suggest the internet as being a viable tool for psychological research into the minds of the masses? Granted, most people fear the unbridled "intrusion" into their privacy - but really, there is nothing to fear so long as one is not engaged in nefarious activities.
The internet keeps us active, yet passive. It also brings us together in a way that would be impossible in the normal day to day - we are not biased against one another based on what one looks like or what clothes on wears, but rather how one expresses oneself - even then, the online community is much more accepting and tolerant than the world at large.
Video games and "virtual reality" attained by our populaces newfound obsession with electronic gadgets are helping us to cope psychologically on several fronts. This trend can only grow, and in several of the more cosmopolitan cities, it is not uncommon to see people sitting at cafes working on their laptops, while teenagers bustle on the sidewalk entertained by their new found credit cards and cell phones.
I think the prosect of the Brave New World is indeed in it's infancy, and not given nearly as enough credit as it is due - after all, a happy and occupied consumer population is far less likely to rebel than an oppressed and lacking one.
Originally posted by mrwupy
Though the picture you paint is quite bleak, I must concede it has its merit in the realm of possibility. Possibility does not equal probability though.
I'm an optimist.
I think we're going to find a way to feed the people that are hungry. We will find shelter for those that are in the cold and we will eventually build a world where want is a story children learn about in history textbooks.
The technology we are exploring and building could bring about either scenario.
This is your post though and my intent is not to hijack/derail it. You have made some very valid points here.
I just wanted to say that with the darkness there will also be light. One would be irrelevent without the other.
I'm crossing my fingers and holding on to hope. I may be dashed in the end but living a life in despair would mean I was dashed from the beginning.