Question from the Internet:
“Should citizens be optimistic about technological progress?”
Technological progress is good. How we use technology is not good.
Our greatest problem when it comes to solving different crisis situations, threats in the world is that when we try to identify the root cause we are focusing on the wrong “layer”.
We are constantly focusing on the consequences instead of focusing on the cause.
Our technology for example becomes destructive, we tend to use everything we have to accumulate ever-increasing profit, to solidify wealth and power in the hands of a few, we spy on each other, manipulate each other, and of course power all kinds of weapons to destroy each other, because this is how inherent human nature works.
Driven by the insatiable, irrepressible, egocentric, individualistic, exploitative ego we thrive at proving our greatness above others and Nature, we thrive at surviving, succeeding at the expense of others and Nature.
This is why everything we ever invented, used, developed becomes negative and destructive. We even overuse antibiotics, for example, turning something that can save us from diseases into something that causes diseases we cannot treat.
We will not be able to solve our problems and facilitate our continuing survival unless we accept and treat the root cause — our own inherent nature.
We can not suppress or erase our ego, as the ego is who we are, this is our engine, driving force, the only thing that differentiates humans from apes.
But we can learn how to recognize, harness, and channel the awesome driving power of the ego towards positive, collective goals and purpose — which goals and purpose also agree, flow together with nature’s general evolutionary development, and agrees with Nature’s laws that sustain the general balance and homeostasis life depends on.
When we corrected the cause, everything we have — including technology — will become positive and constructive too.