Anti-technology

Along my commute this morning, I snapped a few cell phone photos of the sunrise.

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It would be easy to say that the “man-made” things in these photos spoiled the photos.

But what is it I should damn? Should I damn the lampposts which have provided light and safety for the people that walk through here at night? Should I damn the power lines that allow me to share these photos with anyone who is interested? Should I damn the roads and cars? These roads and cars make our routine traveling today was seemingly impossible, a mere one hundred years ago (or a brief flash in human existence). Why is it when a deer makes a path through the woods that it is natural and good, and yet when man makes his own path, it is to be damned?

The antitechnologists would have you believe that the world was better man “wrecked” it.  They would have you believe that life was better when man lived in caves, foraged for berries.  They have a strange fascination with the primitive.

Don’t let it fool you.  Life was tough, brutish and short.  In addition to the fact that none of our modern comforts were available, the division of labor that was made possible through technology has afforded us more free time.  It isn’t just that our lives are longer, but the quality of our lives has improved.

No longer does a person have to simultaneously farm his food, sew his clothes, raise his livestock and his children, repair his hovel, mend his wounds and teach his children.  With the division of labor made possible through improved technology, he can purchase these things for cheaper than he can make them himself (in terms of time and effort, which translates to money).

Do you want to light your house with a candle instead of an electric light?  Do you want to face the nearly-routine cycle of house fires?  Do you want the limited light, smoke and wax in your home?  Or would you rather flip a switch, and thank the power company, Thomas Edison, and the others with your gratitude and your dollars?

Would you rather walk (or care for horses)?  Would you rather travel in a manner that does not protect you from the elements, at low speed, for short distances?  Would you rather that a relative moving out of state be gone forever from your life?  Or, would you rather thank the airlines and the car manufacturers with your gratitude and your dollars?

Would you rather return to the days of medicine by leeches and blood-letting?  Would you rather consider it normal to die during childbirth?  Would you rather we return to the “amputate and wait” days of injuries?  Or, would you rather thank your doctors, pharmaceutical companies, researchers and scientists with you gratitude and your dollars?

Don’t buy into the anti-technology mindset that is unfortunately so common today.

Thank you for reading my post.

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