Is humanity “going backwards morally”?
Question from the Internet:
“Why is it that society is moving forward digitally, but humanity is morally moving backwards?”
The problem is that what we consider “progress” in technology has nothing to do with “progress” for humanity in general.
The digital infrastructure and the advanced technology we have are simply tools. They cannot help us in solving our problems as everything depends on how we use our tools and for what goals and purposes we use them.
As you pointed out, seemingly, we are moving morally backwards, so the more sophisticated technology we have, the more effectively we can use it in a negative, harmful and destructive way against each other.
In truth, we are not moving “morally backwards”. Instead, for the first time in history, we start to recognize the desires, forces and intentions that drive everything we do.
We are all born 100% self-serving, self-justifying, subjective and exploitative. Our ego drives us towards excessive overconsumption and accumulation of resources and profit for ourselves, while we succeed at each other’s expense through ruthless and exclusive competition.
Human history is the chronicle of the ever-growing and ever-intensifying human ego, which brought us to the brink of self-destruction in our days.
This recognition that we are “moving morally backwards” — or that something is wrong with us — is already good as long as we all look at ourselves, trying to find the root cause of humanity’s problems within our own nature — instead of continuing to blame and correct others.
If we recognized and accepted that it is our inherent nature that needs correction, and at least a sensitive and willing critical minority of people started to correct and further develop themselves, then with the help and positive example of these pioneers, we could start understanding and truly solving our problems — even using all the advanced tools we have developed.