Technology and the Healing of the Earth
Of all the issues we are concerned with right now, most basic issue is human-earth relationships
-contaminated air, water, soil.
-cut down forests
- destroyed animal habitats, and made animals extinct
-caused land to be eroded
- caused rain to be acid
-trivialized nature in vacation areas
- killed many habitats for fish by contaminating lakes
Earth has become devoured due to humans
Whereas the infrastructures of nature continually renew themselves from within, our infrastructures
dissolve in the corrosive acids of the env. or break under the relentless strain imposed on them
Human miseries have been eliminated cuz of new sciences + technology
Natural world = violent cuz of withering drought, onrushing floods, + hurricanes
Since the rise of agriculture at the beginning of the Neolithic period, humans are putting stress on the
Deforestation in china occurred 3000 yrs ago and hasn’t stopped since.
Part of erosion is due to human interventions
Julian Simon + Herman Kahn we should press on even more with our industrial development,
^^ ppl argue with that saying the crisis is being exaggerated and that
each generation has had a better life before theirs
After the WW2 came the expansion of I.B.M, Burlington Mills and the space and military industries
along with the food industries, all exploitive and dependent on new technologies
The corporate “culture” the “mythic meaning” of the enterprise, the “soul” of the establishment, the
“spirit” of the corporation, the “belief” structures – allof this is an effort to overcome an instinctive
awareness that the corporation is in the business of seducing the consumer while plundering natural
resources and poisoning the env.
World Bank major influence in the international economy and the industrialization of the 3 world.
Our entire society is caught in a closed cycle of production and consumption that can go on until the
natural resources are exhausted or until the poisons inserted into the enc are bed back into the system
we are so committed to this industrial cycle, so alienated from the needed knowledge or
the competence to return to the ever-renewing cycle of the natural world that even when we begin to
experience the impending peril, we feel that we must cling to these “established” or “traditional”
ways, ways that have become as it were a kind of salvific process
A kind of industrial-technological “fundamentalism” become prevalent, a fundamentalism that has led
to the Reagan political regime.
this fundamentalism expresses itself especially in magnifying our military establishment in
order to defend ourselves and our industrial mode of existence.
The military-fundamentalism establishment then generates an overwhelming support for the
Advertising its presence has become so all-persuasive that ppl are surrounded with appeals to buy
and consume, appeals to urgent and competitive they begin to take on hysterical dimensions. John Naisbitt speaks of the sunrise industries and the new information society
HUMANIST CRITIQUES OF TECHNOLOGY
Jacques Ellul in book called Technological Societyoutlines the invasion of the technocratic process
into every phase of human life, the imposition of a techno sphere on the biosphere and even on the
psycho sphere, with its progressive devitalisation and dehumanization
Labour movement in capital countries, socialist, communist and capitalism movements are all
committed to the technological industrial process
Smokestacks work, money, housing, food, clothing, economic survival, edu for children
Acid rain, water contamination, paving over lands, toxic waste, dying of fish + birds – are distant
INTERGRITY OF NATURE
3 way of dealing with human-nature relations is rep. by those who criticize our technological-
industrial society cuz of its disturbance of the natural world in its most basic life systems.
Ultimate source of evil = commitment to human well being instead of natural world (choosing tech
Muir + Thoreaubelieved that human species was part of the larger community of life and that
mutually enhancing bond was necessary for the true enrichment of the human
American continent, from post civil war times until the present has suffered a period of industrial
ascendancy and the degradation of its basic life systems with minimal protest.
When the great transnationals arrived, the entire planet was inventoried, its resources exploited, its
ecosystems upset, its primordial forests destroyed, its native economies disrupted
Biologists Anne + Paul Ehrlich we will likely extinguish more than 20% of all living species
Rain forests size of Connecticut are being destroyed each yr.
HEALING OF THE EARTH
A group that is evolving the alternative programs needed for healing the earth and fostering more
funational modes of f