Feb 16, 2022
Hello there, I prefer to remain anonymous, so I will go by the name Azurescens. I have spent many years in post-secondary education, but have very little to show for it in terms of formal accreditations, seeking mainly to acquire knowledge rather than a pragmatic outcome. Currently, I am pursuing a degree program that focuses on natural conservation. I am particularly interested in philosophy and ethics in my day-to-day thoughts. First and foremost, my allegiance is to the natural world, and the effect in which the anthropocene has had on it is unprecedented. The deterioration of the natural world is, in my opinion, the most glaringly obvious existential threat that exists, but one that many are unwilling to sacrifice their own comforts to remediate. The issue, I think, lies in the fact that it requires people to admit that their high standard of material comfort comes at a great expense, and therefore make changes to their own thoughts and behavior that have been conditioned into them from birth. Humanity wants an enemy to point to, but when the enemy lies within themselves, the problem becomes extraordinarily difficult for most to approach. They take the fictive language and established myths of their societies as inalienable and intrinsic truths, rather than the imposition of will placed upon them by entities that feel entitled to impose such will. Societies have always suffered to some extent or another from the integration of propaganda in the collective psyche, but the tools of dissemination have never been as powerful and integrated as they are now, with the aid of technological proliferation. And the level in which the imposition of such tightly-controlled and regulated will exist is unprecedented and, I'd argue, beyond human comprehension. A beast of its own, more or less. But I digress, my interest in anti-tech literature started from reading ISAIF, as I imagine is the case for many people. I found myself agreeing strongly with the words written, and having been someone who has grown up entirely enmeshed in the Internet and technological world, found clarity in them. Neuroses wrought entirely from the imposed addiction to over-reliance on technology. I have since read more of Technological Slavery and have been chipping away at Anti-Tech Revolution: Why & How. I have also started to read some works from Ellul. Humanity faces a threat that is extraordinarily insidious, in the sense that technological proliferation feels good. But the hedonic treadmill need not be the end goal of humanity and civilization. We should seek to retain autonomy, meaning, and self-actualization, rather than delegate these things to technology. Humanity in its current state, even without the obvious-in-fiction cybernetic enhancements, is delegating otherwise "mundane" thoughts and actions to technology. As a book I recently read described it: it is a form of engineered determinism. I think that we should fight for not simply the Earth, but for humanity itself. To recognize humanity's ethical responsibilities, to ensure that humanity retains the power to remain separate from technology, and to ensure that humans are not mere byproducts of decisions made by higher-ups with behavior reduced to a computational science, but can act as autonomous agents. We are ill-adapted to such a tightly controlled and regulated technological society, and we are losing too much in this march toward "progress." I'm happy to be here, and I look forward to contributing to the conversation.