Originally Posted by Michael Chui
This is a very nice claim, but I don't see any substance in it. I can guess at the logical progression you stepped through to arrive at this conclusion, but at the same time, I somewhat doubt you've gone through any at all. So I am asking for something more than a hand-waved assertion about the ills of technology and its supposed role of "making lives easier".
Okay, here's one.
A technologically enabled world is so much easier to live in because so many things are now so available, whether it's food or vacations, or whatever; this is the demand side of the coin, and it's all very nice.
But the supply side of the coin has made some terrible sacrifices to deliver things so quickly and fairly. Who you are as a person is no longer important to the supply/demand society; it now only cares about what you're worth, and whether you can deliver something that can make money for someone.
Personally, I find this very depressing, revolting, and completely wrong. The mechanics of society are now more important than the people are.
For example, in another thread (on suicide), someone made the point that if a person is of no worth to their society, as in being more of a drain than a benefit, then maybe there's no point in them sticking around. It seems as though the only ones that care about a person specifically and not their value or potential value to society in terms of $, is the person's family, which society considers secondary to job, role, taxes, law, and the like.
I'm betting that one day, a man like Hitler will come around again, and suggest that everyone that isn't rich or can't produce wealth, should just be killed off, to make room, and make it easier for the world to keep supplying and producing. I'm sorry to say that it won't surprise me if such a man is extolled as a hero.
On more than one occasion, I've asked the rhetorical question, if I'm not of worth to anyone else, what's the point in living here? Although society wouldn't have an answer to that question, I have supplied my own. I'm worth staying alive, even if no one else thinks so.
Sorry for being so cynical, but this point really drives me insane!!!!
Oh, and Society, YOU SUCK!