posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 04:45 PM
I do have respect for Thoreau and his take on enlightenment. I would like to say this however, I think that progress is a very good thing. Many
individuals might argue that progress creates environmental strain, corruption of government, and waining of one's intellect. While those points are
all valid and informed, there is another side to this story. The progress we've made in recent years connects people, saves their lives, and allows
them access to information that was not always easy to obtain in the past. From the moment of our species' inception, we have been yearning for
something more. It may have started long ago with fire and worked it's way up to the 4G smart-phone, but no matter how you want to see it, human
beings are learners and doers.
Progress can have it's dangers as well. Environmental dangers, corruption, and dependency on technology are examples of that fact. I belive that as
a sentient race, it is our duty to uphold a certain amount of responsibility. Responsibility and progress must go hand in hand to harmonize our place
on this Earth. We are the first species to have the ability to influence or dissuade our own extinction, we are the first species to cure diseases,
and we are the first species to devise an instant connection with others that are on the other side of the planet. Humans have been to the brink of
annihilation before, but we're still here now, and after World War II, the cold war, and every other conflict we've trivially incited among each
other, we are still here.
Modern times present new challenges and new fears. We are faced with a new horror almost daily. North Korea, the BP oil spill, terrorism, and 2012.
These are all daunting issues but it is my personal feelings that these issues detract from the most pertinent of all obstacles; We are still living
in a state of division and rivalry. We let the religion, language, and cultures of the inhabitants of this world create tension between us. Our
leaders take us to war, and lead us into violence, but what if the whole of the world could be united to solve the problems that threaten our
existence as a species? Imagine the resources we funnel into war, not as a country but across the globe. Imagine if every dollar spent on guns, bombs,
missiles and other weapons of war, was put towards finding a solution to the BP crisis. I imagine that it would have been solved already. Imagine if
we funneled the effort we put into violence and patriotism into curing diseases and aiding the homeless. The amount of money spent on a single soldier
could support a homeless person for quite some time. For the time and money it takes to put a gun in a soldier's hand so that he might deliver death
to his opponent, one could also give support the the unfortunate and destitute people of this world.
Progress and technology can be applied to so many facets of life, the accomplishments we could achieve are limitless, and are only hindered by our
own lack of responsibility. After Reading the articles at the website, primitivism.com, I was rather disappointed. I felt condescended to, as if the
articles were written with a pretentious mindset. Our freedom and ability to advance is nothing to be feared, it is only something to be harnessed
properly. When we can live in an age of technology supplemented by reason, and reason supplemented by technology, I believe we will have found our