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Sunday, July 11, 2004



Forecast: cloudy with rain.

134. For all of the foregoing reasons, technology is a more powerful social force than the aspiration for freedom. But this statement requires an important qualification. It appears that during the next several decades the industrial-technological system will be undergoing severe stresses due to economic and environmental problems, and especially due to problems of human behavior (alienation, rebellion, hostility, a variety of social and psychological difficulties). We hope that the stresses through which the system is likely to pass will cause it to break down, or at least weaken it sufficiently so that a revolution occurs and is successful, then at that particular moment the aspiration for freedom will have proved more powerful than technology.
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Well, causes produce effects. I think the first such effects will happen in Europe - it's due for major internal havoc. Amerika simply has more space for less people and thus a thoroughly naive population. Likewise, it's already well under way in Japan - also due to a combination of too much money (hi-tech, industry, high living standards) and overcrowding, with general societal depression. The most nihilistic and poisonous cultural movements currently come from Japan. It's almost a trademark now - Anime more than Sony.

Heh, I don't know when and what it will be like exactly, but it won't be nice - that's for sure.

Accumulation of economic wealth and comforts is fundamentally purposeless - that includes accumulation of scientific comforts (medicine etc). The dream of material happiness, freedom from suffering, from work, "peace and immortality" is fundamentally purposeless. But it did look swell as a dream.

We are just finding that out.





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