It seems as though more and more of us live a life of conformity and order, and few now life a live of ‘being wild’; of throwing caution to the wind; of taking a chance to follow their dream; to embark on an adventure. What is this doing to our evolution as a species? Where will humanity be in a hundred, a thousand years if we give up ‘being wild’ because our fears prevent us foresaking the safe places?
Like many others, my husband and I are increasingly convinced that living like this is the best thing we can do for the planet. However, I recently read an article that spoke of the many who believe the opposite. They argue that developing increasingly sophisticated technologies, such as higher levels of artificial intelligence, is the best solution to most, if not all, of our problems – and they have the money and power to make these technologies reality. The article also posited the question, ‘Would I want a future foisted upon me by [Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc] Andreessen and his fellow founders?’ This prospect frightens me – as it would many others. Can we resist this vision of the future?
Because, having watched as, at least those in the West, have turned away from the principles offered by the Ten Commandments and instead adopted the principles of The Seven Deadly Sins (with great enthusiasm I might add) we seem to be losing our humanity. Social justice is fading away and social depression and hopelessness is its replacement. Why does it matter to me? I guess because I actually care about people and it makes me angry and sad to see us destroying, not just the planet, but ourselves. I guess it’s the “no man is an Island…” and “Do unto others” Once we forget those, what do we become – non humans? Who says “history never repeats” they were nuts !
Society places great importance on good grades for a good future, but the reality after university looks bleak for so many students – especially Bachelor of Arts students. Even those graduating from top universities struggle to find work in their field. Why has university undergraduate degrees become obsolete? Why is my cohort filled with bitterness and disappointment at the end of their studies, rather than hope for the future?