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Technology and the Brave New World

March 8, 2011

PotteryThere are many changes happening in the world today. Each day technology moves forward in an attempt to improve the quality of life or even to undo previous damage to the planet. It seems that we spend the majority of our time trying to fix what is wrong in the world, rather than seeing what is right. With our fixation on correcting or regaining lost control, our outlook takes on a distortion. It is all too easy to think that everything is important in your life and lose sight of what really matters to you. The only thing that really changes in this world is your mind, and this is the key to improvement. As your outlook changes so, does your inner guidance and with this change your values become clear.

I am uncertain what the exact quote is, but I have heard that if you want to make money that you should fulfill a need. This is true to every extreme, and we have proven it throughout history. We spend millions of dollars trying to fulfill a need to be entertained or occupy our minds. This is the most common target of those who want to become wealthy. An object as simple as a rock can become a source of income with sufficient suggestions that it is a need. The “pet rock” years ago generated an unknown amount of income, while fulfilling a conjured up meaning. My point is here that we spend time looking for what is wrong while looking for what is needed.

If we can find what people dislike and don’t want in the world, we can provide a product or service to fulfill the need. This idea is uniquely paradox and causes us to find solutions to real and imagined problems. We spend time looking for problems, so we can offer moneymaking devices. This enhances our technology and entertainment industries. If we spent time looking at what is right with the world would we be in danger of changing our outlook? Would we actually get back to the basics of helping other people and forget about the almighty dollar? Is it possible to find solutions and to enhance life without looking for the negative things in this world? If we proceed with this disposition, we could end up in a “Brave New World” indeed.

  

1 Comments to “Technology and the Brave New World”

  1. I see a future where small businesses step in and fulfill the needs that people are slowly realizing they have, as they unplug from the mass media machine — which tells them they need more (dysfunctional) power, sex, money, and prestige. I don’t think entertainment is a need. I think meaningful art, intellectual creativity, and genuine connections are — which entertainment often masks itself as.

    Focusing on the right will certainly help. I think the only way to make a lasting change is to focus on what you want to create, rather than what you want to compete with, make obsolete, or destroy.