Greater technology doesn't mean Less savagery. Aug 18, 2019 19:02:56 GMT -5
Post by Radrook Admin on Aug 18, 2019 19:02:56 GMT -5
Greater technology = Less savagery?
We tend to expect that advancements in technology to go hand in hand with less savagery. This assumption is illustrated in the comical sci fi film Mars Attacks where the NASA scientist was certain that the Martians were totally incapable of violence because of being far more technologically advanced than humans. That technological advancement indicated a rational unemotional approach to problems which ruled out armed conflict.
Actually, mankind was starting to believe this about itself during the early part of the twentieth century when great advancements in technology were being made, when suddenly WWI broke out rapidly followed by WWII.
Suddenly, and with horrifying clarity, the savage still snarling and roaring in all his pristine bestiality was revealed.
So When studying history and making a comparison with present or recent historical events, it becomes quite clear that although we have progressed technologically, our emotional area has remained unchanged. Mankind still cannot resolve major disagreements without the threat of violence or its employment.
The sad truth is that we haven't gone at each other with nuclear weapons in a full out war not because we are more civilized now, but because we fear mutual annihilation. Otherwise we would have unleashed their full fury long ago.
However, that hasn't prevented us from killing each other with conventional weapons in such wars as in Korea, Viet Nam, The Persian Gulf War, The Falkland War, ado bloody civil Wars in Africa has it?
So the only difference is that where once we employed bows and arrows to kill at a distance, we now use rifles and cannons and ICBMs. True, we are far more technologically advanced, but the murderous savagery is still present and only hidden by a veneer of civility.
Please consider that every single invention or discovery we make, our military pounces on it to determine its killing potential-whether it be pharmaceutical, or strictly limited to electronics.
How to cause explosions with gun powder?
We immediately began cannonading each other on land and sea and wound up carpet fire bombing entire cities.
How to make certain chemicals into gasses?
Chlorine is used to disinfect water. But soon it occurred to us that it could also be used to fumigate one another. Soon it was was gas one another to death during WWI.
Discovery of nuclear power?
wonderful visions of a grand future where an endless supply of power to produce electricity was foreseen. But how to kill with it? Feverish human minds were soon at work at the problem.Almost immediately we found a way to use it to destroy other humans and deployed it at Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII.
Advances in electronics and AI?
Already we are considering making machines that can replace soldiers and aviators so we can kill each other at a distance and with greater safety to ourselves and in that way keep the slaughtering process as clinically antiseptic as.
A wonderful flying machine to give us beautiful vistas and make travel quicker? Soon we were fitting airplanes with machine guns and loading them with bombs in order to slaughter one another more easily.
Future colonies on other planets in our solar system?
We are already finding ways in which to obliterate such colonies via kinetic energy rods deployed from orbit if war breaks out .
In short behind the sophistication that separates us from the lower beasts there still growls the snarling savage eager to be unleashed and straining at the shackles that hinder its bloodthirsty movements and murderous desires.
The irony of this is that despite the historical evidence, many still insist that we are closer to a benevolent God than we are to a maniacal demon.
Perhaps, at this point in human history, that might be the greatest delusion of all.
This facet of mankind was focused on in the Film Forbidden planet where the human subconscious unleashed from the id or subconscious.