TECHNOLOGY: FINDING THE BALANCE – Marilyn Armstrong

Fandango’s Provocative Question 6: Technology: Plus or Not?

As the owner and user of a lot of medical technology, I can say for 100% that without it, I’d be dead. Actually, I probably wouldn’t have made it out of childhood. I’d have died from ear infections, lung infections, throat and sinus and who knows what else. Or polio or any of the other diseases from which vaccinations saved us.

Technology at work

But then, there is plastic. Bags, bottles, straws. and all the pollution we pour into our oceans, air, and water. All the large mammals we’ve slaughtered until most of them are gone … or soon will be.

Fracking? Seriously? Driving a shaft deep into the heart of the earth? What could possibly go wrong with that?

Pacemaker

I’m not enough of a hypocrite to pretend that all advancement through technology is bad, but we need to find a balance. Some way in which humans can make healthy progress that doesn’t destroy the world we live in. If we destroy our planet, no amount of “technology” or “improvement” will make our lives better. If we ruin our own habitat, we will be like all the other vanishing species. Gone.

Sometimes, that’s what I think we ought to be. A vanishing species. If we can’t do good, we might as well be gone.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

6 thoughts on “TECHNOLOGY: FINDING THE BALANCE – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. I think WE — people — know there’s a difference between producing anything we can to make some money and producing things that actually make life better. But the guys who make “the stuff” don’t get it at all.

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        1. So much of the stuff that “technology” produces is junk. And that includes a lot of our very expensive gadgets — phones and tablets and mini tablets and all that other crap. It’s just grown-up toys and it isn’t advancing civilization — or even our households!

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