Humanity has done a lot of really cool things in it's day. It's also done some really awful things, sure, but some wonderful ideas have come from our mistakes. One such idea is "What will man do with technology?" Procatinator. That's what we've done with technology. Oh and also the widespread of information and misinformation. See the wonderful thing about the internet is that anyone can do pretty much whatever they want with it.
Let's take a deeper look at the problem we're facing in technological aged society though. If anyone is wondering why our global society is so volatile, they'll have to take a closer look at it than just "Fake News" and poor education systems for blame. It's actually a very complex and deeply seeded problem in how our culture runs and how we view the world.
We are experiencing the pains of the generations who grew up without technology having to interact with generations who did grow up with them. A really simple example is to look at park benches. Seems like a pretty straight forward thing right? How do these two generations view them?
I don't know about you, but park benches are a place to stop my walk and check my phone. That is a very millennial answer to give, but I grew up with technology. How do the baby boomers view park benches? They didn't have a thing to check when they sat on them. They just looked at the world passing and enjoyed it. My generation doesn't grasp that concept at all.
Why is that a difficult idea for us though? It's probably because we have nearly every piece of information known to man in our pockets. Is it really that strange for us to be glued to it at all times? That difference in thinking is also rooted in how much we have to do to survive in our current society. A lot of kids have grown up without really knowing what survival is like. So many in fact, I'm pretty sure the majority of first world countries have forgotten what survival actually feels like.
But older generations have memories of what it's like to have scarce sources of food. What it was like to have to spend time and effort just to get water to the house. When every piece of food on that table you saw from plant to table. It may seem hard to understand, but it's really quite simple. Those differences in experiences create differences in what's important.
We are seeing the transition of being a survival based species, to a technology and idea based species. This is a massive shift in thinking and will be absolutely necessary for us to expand out into the stars. It's going to be painful, especially once my generation starts running the show. Entire countries will grow and fade, along with the ideas that started them. Our history has been one of exploration, and curiosity.
We want to learn how the world works, and we especially want to understand ideas. The universe is a vast place, allowing for a lot of ideas to manifest in big ways. That means there's amazing ideas, and terrible ideas, and everything in between. You never know which ones will catch hold because it's all subjective. The world we live in is so complex that now that society has a chance to really understand itself in all of it's complexity, it doesn't know what to do.
All we can do is hope we don't royally screw the pooch and let these ideas destroy us. None of them are more important than the idea of life and existence. I promise.