posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 01:38 PM
The foundational argument for technology is that it eases life. Eases and eases, all the easier invention by invention. Easy, easier, easiest. In
reality man has been a sovereign creature on the globe without rivalry since the stone age, a thing whose life has been unnaturally and hopelessly
cushy. Since then the actual problem of man has been physical ease, meaninglessness, rootlessness and frustration.
Forests that are home to thousands of species, and form an essential part of the ecosystem, are being destroyed. All around the industrialized world
this destruction is becoming increasingly evident. Landscapes that once teemed with greenery and life are now bare eyesores. Forests and wetlands that
once functioned as sponges for heavy rains are paved over and developed, so floods become commonplace in nearby towns. Forestry companies and
businesses often claim, 'we replant all the trees we cut down', or 'our activities are extremely sustainable', and yet these trees take many years
to properly grow to the strength of what the forests of old were. These people only hold the dollar as their ideal, so their motivations will always
be in this regard and never towards a holistic, sustainable approach.
Many would say that today our industry and technology are changing to care more for the environment. Look at the great effort to stem global warming,
the use of green products and technologies! However none of these address the core of the problem; they merely clip at the various effects we see
visibly popping up around us. Linkola attacks the typical 'Green' mentality which supposes we should change what we buy, instead of why and how we
buy. Various activities manifest themselves over time, yet all are subject to the same mindset. Simply changing what we buy or produce will not
address why we made and utilised it in the first place.
There is much to be had in the basic things around us, the beautiful sunset, ancient texts, and our families. People have been living in this manner
for tens of thousands of years, and they rarely became suicidal or lazy.
I will arrive at an amusing observation in the end. Besides guaranteeing its main goal, the preservation of life, the formulated model of society
would provide surprisingly also an incomparably better standard of living. What are those sweet, dear things of the modern world that man would lose?
They are: record statistics of suicides, panting competition, unemployment here, job stress there, renovations and insecurity in work life,
alienation, desperation, mountains of psychological medicine measured in tons, the decline of body and diseases of the living standard, the
unbelievable arrogance of the individual, quarrel, corruption,crime.
What man would be left with: unhurried socialization between people, the endless spectrum of arts and hobbies: singing, music, dancing, paintings,
sculptures, books, games, plays, riddles, shows; all of enormous museum activity, research of history, home region, dialect, family; the millions of
biologist's themes, handcrafts, gardens; clear waters, virgin forests, marshland plains and fells; the seasons, trees, flowers, homes, private life -
by definition: life.