I just don't understand the ideology behind technological elitism that continues to blindly go forward under the assumption that we will always be able to solve our problems with new tech. Technology always provides short term gains and new long term challenges. People often site medical advances for why humans are now living so long, but what's the point of extending the life of someone who is essentially contributing nothing to human advancement, and watches TV all day while stuffing their face?
Translation: don't think about the future, just do what's needed now. I feel personally responsible for future generations of not only humans, but other living beings on this planet. I feel a kindred relationship with all of them, probably because I was raised in a natural environment and had regular access to nature. Most humans live in urban ghettos now, completely divorced from their source of life. It's hard for me to live knowing that most of the systems I am plugged into are in some way contributing to the suffering or death of so many of our ecological brethren.Originally Posted by Sherman123
Eventually, the world ideal must change - growth should no longer be desirable, but rather the ideal economic growth, both globally and locally, should be 0%. We should strive to control resources, populations, and economic systems to the extent that this will become both livable and sustainable. Financing in this new world should be done on a similar basis - at extremely low, if any interest, with tight controls and strict repayment schedules. Also, Nation states should no longer be permitted to accumulate debt. In addition, no longer will our natural resources undergo raping and pillaging to sustain our energy needs, which can hopefully be cut by a factor of 10-25 within a generation.
It's not a step backwards. It's an acknowledgement that the human race has become large and sophisticated enough to balance itself at an ideal level, in terms of size and societal comfort. Our ambitions shouldn't be tempered, but rather more focused. The childish need to flaunt status through how much disposable crap you have should be looked down upon. The survival of humanity is no longer in question (outside of self-destruction or act of God), and we do not need 10 billion people on the planet; nor do we need any of them to be billionaires. It will require a massive jolt to dislodge ourselves from our current, reckless trajectory, but it will be worth it. Make no mistake though, we will be dislodged either way, whether it's by our own will or an act of nature. If the biosphere is degraded enough, we are finished.