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in the first place destructive (of others) and in the second place self-destructive.  When enough self-destruction has occurred, technological development will cease.  

Our real task is to persuade people to give up the technological addiction ahead of the descent into that level of self-destruction.  

But recovery from addiction is a spiritual process.  

If humans remain the center of human concern, recovery is not possible, since in that mindset arguments against the convenience of exploitation cannot be countered.  

If, contrariwise, humans can devote themselves to non-human-centered, life affirming goals and processes, the doorway to recovery will stand wide open.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Thu Apr 15th, 2010 at 09:56:06 PM EST
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Technological development is in the first place destructive (of others) and in the second place self-destructive.  When enough self-destruction has occurred, technological development will cease.

I simply don't see that that's true.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 16th, 2010 at 02:17:43 AM EST
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The Fates are kind.
by Gaianne on Fri Apr 16th, 2010 at 03:47:10 PM EST
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Thanks for the elucidation.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Apr 17th, 2010 at 03:04:35 AM EST
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You're talking utter nonsense now. Step away from the Internet, get off the computer, stop wearing clothes, living in a house, eating non-wild food, talking (mostly). All technology. Meditation is a technology.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 16th, 2010 at 02:41:22 AM EST
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No, no, technology is just ominous-looking smoke-spewing factories overlooking a workers' slum, like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 16th, 2010 at 02:52:14 AM EST
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I want the Chocolate Factory if no one else does.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 16th, 2010 at 04:20:44 AM EST
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Colman:
Meditation is a technology.

I disagree with you, Meditation is a state of being, which you can also achieve without techniques. :-)

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 16th, 2010 at 03:11:09 AM EST
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No, Méditation is a symphonic intermezzo from the opera Thaïs written by French composer Jules Massenet in 1893. The piece is written for solo violin and orchestra. The opera was first premiered at the Opera Garnier in Paris on March 16, 1894.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 16th, 2010 at 03:17:00 AM EST
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