Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Monday Moaning

This wasn’t going to be my MM post this morning. My post this morning was going to be about the quarry plans for Hopwas Forest, an ancient woodland mentioned in the Domesday Book in1086. But, you can read it on BBCNews and imagine what I have to say about the potential destruction.

On with the moan…

I have been sitting on a quote for some time. Yesterday Lois, over at Eco-Grandma wrote a wonderful post, using that same quote.

In effect, she unwittingly stole my thunder., but I bear no umbrage because it gave me the impetus to do what I had been procrastinating for the past few months. Yes, sometimes I have ideas and it takes a while before those ideas get to paper, or in this case… screen.

Hop on over to Eco-Grandma and read Lois’ post first, then continue on here… I’ll wait until you come back.

Poignant, yes?

breathingmoneyMy view is that our social paradigm must change. Not just change a little, but drastic changes must be made if humanity is going to stand a chance for survival.

I will not beat about the bush.

The western world hs become a fat, lazy, egocentric, greedy, want, want, want, waste, waste, waste society.

I don’t care if you are a trim 75kg muscle-rippling male, or a lithe 50kg female with big knockers; I am pointing the finger at you too! We are all tarred with the same brush.

Our downfall is technology.

Technology has ruined the human race beyond recognition. It has turned a hard working person into a slob in so many ways.

Technology is responsible for over population. Technology is responsible for obesity. Technology is responsible for pollution. Technology is responsible for… Oh, heck, that list can go on and on.

In short, technology is our enemy, not our friend.

We have become so greedy because technology has made us make money faster. Our capitalist world wants more money even faster still.

If we, as a species, are to survive, we need to shun techology before it strangles us.

brainwashingEven the internet.

The internet is in decline, it is being taken over by corporate interests. Just the same happened to radio, television and the telephone; all were great inventions until they became the tools of corporations. The first radio and TV didn’t have advertising and crap, now they are the means of brainwashing society, the telephone too with its infernal telemarketing. The internet is going the same way. It has already become a vast network for brainwashing.

This brainwashing has made us a consumer society. We see, we want!

When in reality, we don’t need.

Society has to retake control of itself.

We have to recognise the brainwashing by governments, corporations and the mainstram media and refuse to let it control us. In effect, we have to stop being sheep and following the flock to our doom.

I have said many times that the old ways were better, the way things were done in granny’s day. I’m talking about my granny, not yours from the 1950s, mine from 1894.

Yes, my granny was born in 1894. In those days cooking was done at home, our food was grown in the backyard, clothes were mended and handed down, pollution was minimal, plastic bags didn’t exist, we hadn’t begun to deplete the planet’s resources and we lived in near rural tranquility with less crime and violence.

In those days, they didn’t have TV which I blame for the beginning of our ills, they didn’t have psychologists, they didn’t have the likes of Prozac to make life rosy and create psychopathic shooters, they didn’t mollycoddle their kids so they grew up knowing nothing about the real world; and the latest… they didn’t have smartphones where they walked along with their noses buried in small screens, they saw the world and what was happening.

Technology has complicated our lives, we need to return to the simplicity of yesteryear.

Recently, I posted The Kill Shot on Tomus Arcanum. It was about the dangers we face with solar flares. What happens if a Kill Shot strikes Earth? Don’t laugh, don’t shrug this off as a flight of fancy.  Last week there was a solar flare that disrupted northern hemisphere communications for 48 hours.

facebookdownlikesPeople had to live for two days wihout Twitter and FaceBook.

Imagine a reall Kill Shot that knocked the net out for weeks… you have a lot of blathering idiots walking in the streets drooling.

A real Kill Shot is just hypothetical, it could never happen.

No? Just 18 months ago a Kill Shot so big that it is called a Carrington Event, just missed the Earth because the sun was facing slightly off. And, if you think this isn’t serious, such a Kill Shot could take the earth back to the Stone Age. Our technology would be down forever.

Just think, no cars, no TV, no supermarkets, no internet,,, and no FaceBook.

Society would have to re-invent itself, if it hadn’t already been roasted.

Apart from the possibility of a huge solar flre, which may/may not happen, if we don’t simplify our world, we are still doomed.

We need to change the paradigm; and that starts with you!

“No, don’t look around, I am pointing the finger at you!”

Change the World Wednesday – 5th Jun

My Mean Green Leaf Eating Machine has disappeared. Read Done a Bunk for the full story.

I am still hopeful that I will see him as a moth, but I’m not holding my breath.

Still, it was a few exciting days watching him deforest my guava tree faster than illegal loggers in the Amazon.

I bought my second energy efficient light bulb to replace the incandescent one that blew out on Sunday night. That’s the two most used in the house now.

I try to be green. I have been interviewed by EcoGrrl, and I realised that I have always been greenish. It was a part of our growing up 50 years ago, we didn’t have to concentrate on recycling so much, because we didn’t have stuff to recycle. Somewhere along the line we lost the plot, I guess it was about the same time as plastic appeared. In those days all bottles were recycled. You paid for the soda/beer bottles and got a refund when you took them back. You didn’t have to think about it. As kids, if we wanted a little extra pocket money, we scrounged the backyard, then the neighbours for ’empties’ and took them to the shop, emerging triumphant with pockets jangling with change. It was a part of childhood.

green_handBut today, the kids are a lost generation. They have to be taught because they have no role models.

They say that technology is progress. I disagree, technology has created a ‘throw-away’ world, a wasteful world, a world where we don’t respect the green hand that always hovered over us anymore.

It was a time when if you didn’t respect what you had, you got a clip around the ear, and deservedly so. Today, it is child brutality and you are risking the kid growing up with a twisted view of the world. I’m sorry, that’s bullshit! I had my ears boxed thoroughly as a kid and I appear to be okay. We are losing our grip.

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This week’s CTWW.

OPTION 1:
This week drive less … or not at all. Consider walking or bicycling. Plan out trips so that the least mileage accomplishes the most. Plan at least one day when you leave the car parked and perhaps stay at home. Avoid quick trips to the market or driving your kids around when they could walk. If you must make a trip, consider public transportation or carpooling with a friend.

 

OR …

OPTION 2:
This week, for at least one day, go vegan or vegetarian. Yep, meatless for a day … longer if you can. Search the Internet for great recipes. You’ll also find wonderful dishes (tried & tested) right here on this blog (click HERE or use the tabs above).

 

OR …

If you are an Eco-Superstar, do both activities … perhaps for the whole week.

For me this is not so much a challenge. I always use public transport. And, like today, I combined my supermarket trip with returning from work, so I don’t have to make a ‘special’ trip.

My second job, is closer by, and I walk to work. It takes about 25 minutes, and gives me much needed exercise.

This is my sixth beefless week, so I consider my efforts to reduce beef consumption to be doing my bit rather than go totally meatless.

I’m certainly no Eco-Superstar, I don’t have a cape and I wear my underwear on the inside.

Until next week.

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