posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 10:21 PM
Actually, I disagree with the premise that these things will be bad. I do indeed see a future where much of human labor will be replaced by machine
labor. Its happening already. The problem is that we still have a labor-based economic system, where you have to work for money to survive. Of course,
this is gradually being transformed into a socialistic-based economic system, where people are becoming increasingly dependent upon largess from the
state to survive. But such systems have been failures in the past, and the current endeavor to create a global socialistic system will likewise prove
to be a failure.
The basic problem that we have to overcome is our outdated "value system", where a person's worth is evaluated economically in terms of his
productive capacity or his monetary assets. This value system has gradually developed over the course of thousands of years, since the first city
states began to take shape, where people began to depend upon commodities, often procured or produced by others, to survive. As a result, the "work
ethic" became a virtue.
This value system lies at the heart of our current woes--and at the heart of all local and international conflicts during the course of recorded
history. But you might ask--what other value system can there be?
The answer is provided by ancient texts from cultures all around the world, which invariably look back with nostalgia at a previous "golden age",
characterized as an age of peace and harmony--and spiritual wisdom. It is important to note they were looking back with nostalgia at a previous golden
age, even at the dawn of the earliest civilizations on earth.
The Vedic texts of India are very specific about this previous golden age, which in Sanskrit was called Satya Yuga (the Age of Truth). It was
described as a time before the emergence of villages and cities, when mankind roamed the forests, mountains, and plains without any social
institutions whatsoever. The texts specifically state that during this period there were no caste (class) systems, no governments, no religions, and
even the institution of marriage did not exist. In other words, they were talking about the neolithic period, prior to the emergence of
"civilization", when people lived in small nomadic family tribes in the wilderness, with virtually no material possessions at all.
What you might ask was so "golden" or "wonderful" about that period? In the context of our modern value-system, such a primitive form of
existence, with no material possessions, would seem a life of perpetual poverty and misery. But the earliest founders of civilization didnt see it
that way. They actually looked back with nostalgia on that earlier "pre-civilized" era. Why?
Because even at the dawn of human civilization the wise men could see that the value system of mankind was shifting toward what it has become
today--where a person's worth is evaluated according to his or her economic value, tied to productive capactity or economic assets.
They felt that this would eventually corrupt the soul of mankind irrevocably, and bring about a dark age, known to the Vedic sages as Kali Yuga--the
age of spiritual darkness. So they lamented the passing of the previous golden age, and bemoaned the fact that mankind was headed toward a dark age,
where material wealth would be held in higher esteem than spiritual wisdom.
According to the Vedic texts, the reason the previous golden age was called the Age of Truth, was because in the absence of having to "work" for a
living (i.e., the people were content to live off the fruits of the wilderness), and in the absence of having to take care of and fight for material
possessions, the people had plenty of time to develop their consciousness, through meditation, contemplation etc. As a result, their powers of
intuition became very powerful, such that the wise were able to penetrate the superficial appearance of physical reality and fathom the otherwise
unseen spiritual reality of the universe--wherein the "truth" resides. During the previous golden age such individuals were variously called sages
or seers--and not religious priests--because dogmatic forms of organized religion simply did not exist then.
So what is my point? My point is that we have come full spectrum, and are on the verge of a new golden age--as predicted by the ancients many
thousands of years ago. The difference is that instead of living in the wilderness off the fruits of the land in small nomadic tribes, we will live in
a highly technological society, where machines do most of our labor.
But the end result will be the same--lots of free time to develop our consciousness so that we can become mature citizens of the universe, which at
some point we will undoubtedly begin to explore.
The cycle of ages follows a roughly 13,000 year cycle, corresponding to one half a precessional cycle of the earth on its axis. The previous golden
age began in the 11th millenium BC, and the new golden age is about to begin. However, the ancients predicted that at the end of the dark age (Kali
Yuga) the world would experience unprecedented catastrophes, such that the world as we know it, and the value system that supports it, will be reduced
(figuratively speaking) to ashes, like the old body of the phoenix. But out of those ashes a new world and a new value system will emerge, like the
This will be a value system similar to that of the previous golden age, which gives greater merit to ethical values, honor, integrity, and spiritual
wisdom than to economic worth or productive capacity. So I do not see the technological developments outlined in the OP as something bad--but as
something very good, which will finally enable us to have a "civilization" based upon a proper value system, which will foster peace and harmony,
rather than jealous strife in the family of man.
However, according to the ancient texts, the full development of this new world system will take place over the course of 400 years (called the
twilight) as marked from the onset of the new golden age (now)--and moreover, to get there we first have to go through a general dissolution and
destruction of the current world system, which is about to happen.
So, in the short term, over the course of the next few years or decades, we have a world of hurt to go through, which can be compared to the birth
pangs of the coming golden age.