Technology has been sold to us as a panacea, as the solution to all our problems. Technocracies bet on false promises that foster a future of longevity, eternal youthfulness free of disease, in leisure and hedonistic paradise, surrounded by serving robotic slave appendages that do our menial labor, dirty work and expand our perceptions. In this future, technology becomes its own evolutionary process, in that outcome self-replicating nano robotics will thrive inside our biology, deterring dangerous alien pathogens and populating the heavens with our own creations. In that forecast, the post industrial mentality has idealized a gadget dependent future and essentially a technologic brew of frankensteinian concoction. Our innate capacity for discovery and innovation, improved the life we were given. This gift is part of our unique experience, and it is also part whole with the natural life cycle. Anything outside the wheel of life break’s the fluctuating natural chain that sustains it. Technocrats claim to ultimately not need of the planetary environment to sustain their inventions. They believe we are meant to rise above nature. Our current technology is at war with natural cycles and we need not go far to mar its consequent mountains of waste and radioactive land fills, depleted soils, species extinctions and devastated communities. The inventors of these technologies act as if their will is sovereign in the universe. They act as if the evolutionary laws are mechanical and limitless. The assumption that we must conquer nature by waging war on its resources is the dominant myth of our modern technological times. The pursuit of discovery is an inalienable right; it’s also an implacable duty in that the exercise of this gift need be considerate and ethical to all ecosystems on Earth. The problem is the unethical use of technology; perpetuated by the institutions of discovery to divide, conquer, and establish domination. The dysfunctional establishment lacks social discipline and morale; they solely monopolize Scientific and Technological research and development. Consequentially and by design we have begun imploding in a quest for limited diminishing returns, technology upon technology, smashing against the wall of ascension, as more and more discovery piles up taking us to a technological dead end.
Exploration and curiosity led to the accidental rubbing stick on flint with just enough friction to spark a kindling tinder fire. Since then humanoid groups have lighted up the night sky cracking fizzling wood around the camp. From then on ideas and stories of survival have matured incessantly. Pressured by harsh environments and extreme necessity but also at play, our drive to improve and inquiry have transcended the seasonal difficulties of the terrain. The mastery of fire provided our distant relatives with, heat, protection, cooking, and night time schedules that eventually furnaced the golden Bronze Age. Technology and fire have allowed humanity to conquer the world around us and the world within at the chemical and atomic levels. This technological edge has been integral to our breakthrough evolution on Planet Earth. This breakthrough has come through the domination of the natural world. Our inherent problem in the myth of domination is that we have forgotten we are part with nature and not opposite parts in confrontation. The mentality of confrontation is antagonistic and sets out to conquer which means to subdue by force or to secure control by force. It can also mean that we surmount physical and mental shortcomings, like say conquering disease. In allopathic medicine we think of conquering disease as invasive battle forces fighting germs, symptoms and pathology. The Medical Tyranny forestalls good examples of the failed promises of future improvements. Today we could argue that society is more disease ridden than in the 1950s. Today our bodies are depositories of thousands of highly toxic chemicals that were not there two generation ago and yes we reach older age however decrepitly plagued with disabilities and degenerative ailments.
The drive to create and improve is written into the fabric of our biology and you can see this with children at play. If instead of conquering the world we thought of life as a cooperative relationship of mutual potential’s, always in some kind of dialogue; in dialogue, in cooperation with the full picture, we would still continue to pursue improvement and inventions, but with affection for everything that is moral and humanistic. This will screen pervasive manipulations of technological tools. I say manipulation because of the universal given gift of free will and insight, creative formulations and thought. In the business of discovery we have forgotten we were put here to play. This gift allows us humans to play god and bring about change. It may allow us to perpetuate our destiny seeding the Universe with self-reflecting life.
To alter the results of the backward arrow of time attracting a cloud of new possibilities from the future requires great responsibility. In this sense Morality is the biggest crisis of our times. The social motto of maximizing self interests has corroded the empathic human fiber, and you could say that we have lost the ability to be empathic, the ability to be affectionate. Under these corroded parameters, the corporate industrial park of dangerous technologies is continually being researched by unscrupulous laboratories of coward and corrupt scientist. These methods are specifically designed to control and alter the social experiment with no regard for the humane. A good example of this mentality is the creation of atomic bombs and radioactive weaponry. Under the assumptions of preemptive national sovereignty the military industrial complex at the height of the cold war stockpiled more than 30,000 nuclear missiles on either side ready to destroy Mother Earth and everybody on it several thousand times over. Who in their own right mind would commit matricide? These technological artifacts are made under the de-spirited and dark secret agendas of the military-corporate state. These methods of deterrence are based on war, violence, destruction and mass control. They are funded with our monies and continue to develop extremely dangerous technologies that enslave us and jeopardize the preservation of all life on Earth. Stop it right now.
What if we turned that predicament around reactivating preemptive sympathy and affection with all the fellow members and neighbors of this world? This self preserving principle of peace does not cost anything nor does it need any external technological appendages or artifacts. How about using technology to restore the ecological paradise on this planet. As a society we would promote technologies that are benign and proliferate peer to peer, community to community, systems resonating possibilities and beauty. Not controlled by the nation state but by the people. Why don’t we start by creating the technology and innovation that leads us to free energy, clean water, restoration of our meadows, swamps and lakes, restoration of the air and seas, restoration of the land and topsoil? Why don’t we redirect intellectual forces like the thousands and thousands of creative minds in the entertainment and advertisement industry; inviting them to design, inform and network the diverse and plural society of the future? Why don’t we include scientist’s, architects and corporate management to re-dimension cities with off grid neighborhoods and roof top gardens, empty lots, horticulture barge floats and regional permaculture providing autonomy and regional energy self-reliant zones? Agribusiness could invest in the full-integration and rebirth of small farms and community bringing back multi-crop and organic gardening and local economies. We would also eliminate the corporate meat industry with beef and herds for mass slaughtering at incredibly high ecological costs, and begin the reforestation and restoration of bio diversity. Putting value into regional scales and environments, but also putting value in our rich cultural diversities and treasures. We would all be involved in the long-term business model using Wendell Berry’s perennial golden rule: “doing for future generations as we would have them do for us.” In this realignment, value takes on its real place. When life becomes priceless money has no meaning. Technology and innovation that is made to improve the quality of our experience will move us and change the current paradigms. The end result would only be the increase in happiness and massive well being. This might mean getting rid of unnecessary technological trash. The real wealth of humanity is maximizing the planet of pristine cleanness, so we can get back our full potential to breathe the abundant natural nourishment that feeds the soul of destiny. Instead of GDP our new measure of wealth is the air quality, the purity of the water supply, the nutritional value of our consumption habits, these will become the new commodities. These factors will determine the happiness indicator of a community. We would also constantly have to remind ourselves that if nature does not thrive we don’t thrive. There is complete interdependence in this exchange and its appropriate measure of world health is our personal health and the health of our communities. The good news is that with the technology of restoration we can heal and reboot the paradise of abundance.
Yes, its true that post industrial world has made life comfortable and easy, situation we would not take for granted were we aware of the struggles that preceded the modern age. The story of men-kind has been a succession of innovative victories and mastery of technique; this has resulted in dominance over nature, but also dominance of one group of ideas over another. This need to dominate could be replaced with the much wiser and empathic practice of “in dialogue with” which as I said earlier, implies a conversation and a negotiation between the parts. For if we work with each other and we correspond with the life cycles that perpetuate the fine balanced heavenly nature of Earth we will reenter cosmic alignment. We are a part of this nature, and we grow out of it, like a flower blossoms from the budding branches. The gift that allows us humans to change our environment at will, through technological breakthroughs, resembles more a demigod like attribute that cannot be dismissed. On the contrary it must be closely monitored by our utmost humanity, the gift of innovation has to be at the best service of us all and it should be a reflection of everything that is good and beautiful. Not at the service of profiting parasite technological monopolies that trash and burn our universal corner. All innovation should be available free of secrecy and should ultimately strive for close to zero environmental impact. We can only dream of a place with this biological richness. In this dream we get to improve our inner strengths and improve the treasures of land and sea. Can you imagine the enhancements of our biosphere if we allowed all our talents to emerge in a renaissance of ideas and wealth of knowledge, in balance, openly and free?
It is very easy to be seduced by the egopathic need to conquer positions of power. Even in our most private spaces, the common place is to obsess with control of every aspect of our lives. The mechanization of society, endorses these controlling behaviors. The post industrial informational age has added virtual simulation to this orderly and otherly world of technological appendages. These breakthroughs are used to dominate and domesticate masses of people through the convenient household gadgetry of our times. Just ponder about the latest generation of refrigerators with new smart meter technology and back door’s designed into our latest computers, T.V. sets and smart phones. Facial recognition log in social network giants will chain us to the master villains of cyber space. The smart phone industry is already forecasting computer phone chips that will be implanted under our skin. This technology is inescapable and made to assault, track, censor and invade our privacy and innermost intimacy. Throughout our history, from the first war battalion technology of shields and archer’s to the sophisticated drones that begin to surveil our populated skies; one technological breakthrough upon another, humanity has carelessly perpetuated the idea of dominance over “the other.” It also has avoided at all cost any environmental accounting.
We are living in the age of technological innovation, in permanent war against nature, with the insane idea that we must conquer her to evolve and progress. Like most wars this one has turned out to be harder that we thought and not what we expected. The immense power and violence deployed against the natural world jeopardizes our livelihood. We cannot invent our way out of the current environmental and economical collapses. I would hope that we are intelligent enough to recognize that our technological revolution, like our world is limited and has exhausted its vitality. Our carefree short-term mentality has lead us on a dangerous course that causes irreparable damage to our biosphere. Most of us seem to know and fear the consequences of our recklessness. Less of us are sold on the belief that technological ingenuity will triumph and get us out of this mess. We must stop the idolatrization of predatory technology, assume personal responsibility and factor in all costs.
The ability to make improvements on our lives has expanded our field of possibilities setting new records. Imagination has allowed us to go beyond these limitations. The exponential curve of technological improvement promises to reverse engineer our brain. It promises to build quantum computers that extended our consciousness. The realization of this technological ideal promises new sentient technology that will replicate humane free will. This evolutionary pathway is dangerously artificial and incorrigible wrong. It also makes complete omission of what really makes us human. It ignores our limited comprehension of life’s essential animated jest. What animates an atom into a group of molecules? The technological breakthrough of protein synthesis was animated from above and we don’t have a clue. For that which animates the nuts and bolts of these biological machines, is not reducible to its parts and preexists elsewhere and everywhere non locally connected and independent of time, matter, energy and causal laws.
As humanity continues to explore the universe, the transhumanisitc path that promises an evolutionary transition into a new cyborg human hybrid species or neo-human’s that will prey and replace mankind, that brags about the technological paradise that will permit us to transcend our bodies and fuse with nano-robotics and synthetic biologicals, with personality transferring machines and nano shape changing organelles; will take us to a sinister hellish antihuman reality of evil science-fiction. This technology promises to resurrect us ad infinitum perfecting the human farming live stock, copying enhanced clone copies of ourselves into the magic future. This mentality is irresponsible; it forgoes the human heart and fosters an impostor. From this perspective humanity is obsolete. In the age of machine glorification, the race of the future looks and smells rottenly artificial. The record speaks volumes for the vilification of technological innovation, and the ease with which technology is not kept in check and away from unscrupulous cleoptocrats. For example: without our consent, and maliciously inoculated through force, Big-Pharma and the American FDA partner to make vaccinations with nano organelles and biologicals, they plan to deploy them on the population after a false flag viral pandemic.
After all this hell set’s loose, imagine that the human race manages to avoid self-destruction and continues on the path of increased mastery of technology. Imagine that we mature from our mistakes. Technologies will evolve out of this daunting scenario rethinking tools that are much more humane, with service to nature, realizing that what makes us human is not the quest to conquer and escape our skin surface. What makes us human is the discovery of our incarnation into this biological paradise. Buckminster Fuller put it wisely: “The universe physically is itself the most incredible technology.” We need not tamper with it, but humbly learn as we embark on our stellar journey; because if we don’t, beware of a new dark post industrial age where we will live in little hi-tech reservations, with breeds of designer humans. The establishment will give them rights and use them against us. Right here in the present biotech-engineers are busy tinkering with the biological genome as recent gene splicing manipulations have created hybrid species and GMO’s that alter and sterilize the bio-protoplasm. This is deadly inadequate, dangerous, artificial, risky and reckless. Please stop right now.
Carlos Cuellar Brown