Would having no Internet change the way we live?

Question from the Internet:

“What would an alternate reality look like where the internet never ‘took off’ and faded into obscurity?”

I am sure we would see some differences. All of our activities that are based on virtual connections and communication would be impossible. On the other hand, we probably would not feel their lack since most of our day-to-day physical or virtual activities are entirely obsolete and harmful and only serve the present, aimless consumerist lifestyle.

After all, there was life even before the Internet where people thought they lived a good life without anything crucial missing, and this was not that long ago; most people in their 40s and 50s today would still remember it.

But the most important is not whether we have the Internet or not, whether we have certain technologies or not.

We keep looking at the surface, playing with and trying to change external factors while leaving the most important aspects of life untouched. That is why we are heading into total collapse and possible oblivion because all our changes and “revolutions” are about the symptoms but never about the root cause.

Life and survival — in general — are about the selfless, 100% mutually responsible and mutually complementing cooperation of all comprising elements in any closed, living system. If the general integration and resulting balance and homeostasis are interrupted or broken, illness and death happen.

In fact, humanity has been living in an “alternate reality” or simulation, where, as if, we could exist and survive while blindly pursuing our inherently cancer-like, egocentric, subjective and exploitative nature. For millennia humanity has been stubbornly building, breaking and rebuilding this selfish, ruthlessly competitive and destructive human bubble against Nature’s laws that govern integration and balance.

But in our generation, this false and alternate human illusion has caught up with us. We have reached a critical threshold beyond which we can no longer sustain our present lifestyle and behaviour. If we do not adapt and change ourselves in order to reach compatibility with Nature, we will have “no right to exist” according to Nature’s laws.

It is exactly the same as someone trying to disobey the law of gravity, jumping off the top of a cliff without any protective gear, thinking that that law does not apply. Today we are all blindly and foolishly jumping off that proverbial cliff.

Thus the Internet and all of our technology do not matter at all. What we do with them, what goals and aspirations we all follow, and how we see ourselves in nature’s system determine our life today and in the future. Of course, if we correct ourselves and how we live, everything we have can also assist us in reaching what we have to reach — according to Nature’s deterministic, evolutionary direction and its unforgiving laws.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.