Question from the Internet:
“What is a current example of “necessity is the mother of invention”, considering the Covid-19 pandemic and crisis?”
It depends on the necessity we recognize.
And that depends on how deep we are willing to go into the “cause and effect” relationship regarding the pandemic and the crisis.
So far we have remained on the “effect/consequence” level, thus all our “solutions” are superficial, like putting tape, healing ointment over a cancerous ulcer.
The pandemic, the evolving socio-economic crisis, our inability to recognize and prevent the catastrophic changes of climate change, pollution, antibiotic overuse, increasing depression, hopelessness all around the world are simply symptoms of the underlying “cancer” we do not want to recognize and deal with.
With our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egotistic, and exploitative nature — we are all born with — we behave like cancer towards each other and Nature.
We consume everything excessively and ruthlessly, exclusively compete with each other, succeeding, surviving at the expense of others and Nature.
It is true we cannot be blamed for this nature since Nature’s evolution “created” us like this. But we are guilty of refusing to recognize the “cancer” in us, when all the signs are surrounding us and we have the unique Human mind, intellect that is capable of critical self-assessment, initiating self-change.
We need to reach the true necessity of this self-change, the full understanding that without changing ourselves and thus becoming able to build selfless, altruistic, mutually responsible and mutually complementing connections, cooperation above, and despite everything that separates us we won’t survive.
Then can we “invent”, build a new Human society that will have the ability and right to survive in Nature’s integral system, that is based on strict, unbending laws that sustain the balance and homeostasis life depends on.