We are all aware of the many challenges we face on a political and social level. Every time you check the news there is another story about a school shooting, terrorist attack, corruption scandal or war.
Yet running parallel to these daily happenings is a more important and fundamental phenomenon which I call the “Crisis of Consciousness”.
This crisis is at the root of all of these daily issues that make the headlines, yet has only been discussed by a small handful of thinkers. So what is this crisis?
To put it simply, people are psychologically regressing and deteriorating.
People are becoming less intelligent, we have shorter attention spans, less will power, we are detached from Nature and lack the ability to do the basic tasks that are necessary for survival, largely due to our dependence on modern technology.
What separates humans from the animal kingdom is our extraordinary ability to invent and utilize tools to make our lives easier. Humans alone are relatively weak, it is our innovation and use of tools that have moved us to the top of the food chain and allowed us to withstand the unforgiving might of Nature. However, modernity and technology have made our lives so comfortable, so safe and so easy that we are losing the basic aspects of what makes us Human.
The Internet has given the average person access to more information, on demand, 24/7, than the Director of the CIA had in the 1970s. In life, everything is a trade-off. The constant and instantaneous access to information comes at a price; we no longer need to retain as much information, so our memory suffers as a result. We don’t have to pay attention for as long to attain the information we are seeking, thus our attention spans have been reduced to that of a goldfish. We don’t have to think as hard to create solutions to our problems. In fact, we really don’t need to think at all! Which isn’t that big of a deal, so long as we have these little supercomputers in our pockets and a cellular data or WIFI connection.
But what if we didn’t? What if it was all gone tomorrow and we had to survive without it? How many people would be able to survive?
Imagine the global consequences of the Internet shutting down for one week. Imagine how quickly the fabric of society would disintegrate into chaos.
All hypothetical apocalyptic scenarios aside, think of the everyday consequences of a civilization comprised of people who are addicted to technology and unable to think for themselves. As people become more dependent on technology to complete tasks, people in general provide less value. Robotics, automation and AI has increased productivity so much that businesses have begun to automate jobs that were once done by people. This saves them time, money and produces productivity outputs far in excess of what humans can accomplish. As this tech continues to improve this practice will become commonplace and businesses who don’t want to automate will be forced to in order to compete with those who already have.
“Our intuition about the future is linear. But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that makes a profound difference. If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially, I get to a billion.”
When most jobs become automated, how are we going to make money? Who is going to pay taxes? Are we all just going to sit around and collect Universal Basic Income? What are the psychological consequences of knowing that you provide no value in the world?
Technology is also changing the way we interact socially. Walk down the street, notice how many people are staring at their phones. People don’t have conversations with strangers anymore. Why would you need to? You have your Internet friends to keep you company and you have access to everything in a supercomputer the size of a checkbook. If you are unable to engage in conversations with strangers you lose vital communication skills, you become socially atomized, depressed and may have serious difficulty finding a mate. Your neighborhood, which is the backbone of your local community and civilization, becomes a prison filled with strangers.
Go to a crowded public place, and just sit there and people-watch for a while. Notice the denial of eye contact, the shiftiness, the hunched over posture of people on their phones, the glazed over look in people’s eyes, their body language, their anxiety, their nervousness. These are all symptoms of various forms of mental illness.
Modernity is making people psychologically and spiritually sick. Mental illness is rampant: from autism to gender dysphoria, from PTSD, to anti-social personality disorder, from depression to schizophrenia, people are ill and it is getting worse every day. The use of alcohol, anti-depressants, prescription drugs and illegal narcotics has reached epidemic proportions, especially amongst the youth. Addiction has reached crisis levels, not just to drugs and alcohol, but to TV, Internet, cell phones, video games, porn, destructive people and behaviors. Effective and long-lasting treatment for mental health is all but nonexistent and any help you do find is incredibly expensive.
How the hell did we get to this point?
In short, we fell asleep at the wheel. While we were distracted with endless entertainment, media brainwashing, fancy new gadgets and gizmos subversive forces were plotting our demise and the enslavement of our people. Our natural (and healthy) fascination with technology was taken advantage of by evil people with the goal of propagandizing and pacifying us into submission, and eventually, obsolescence.
To put it simply, the elites don’t need us anymore.
They already own everything and technology can now do the work that the masses used to do. We are being psychologically and physically poisoned so that we can never develop the fortitude to fight back and the intelligence to do so effectively. We are being made obsolete so that we can never gain enough wealth, industry and power to resist their system of control. And it’s working!
Their attacks are working so well that they don’t even have to kill us, we are literally killing ourselves.
The modern scientific technological world will collapse under its own weight in our lifetime. There is a reason why all of these dystopian Sci-Fi books and movies are coming true. Their authors saw these consequences of technology long ago and have been trying to warn us ever since.
When it does collapse, you don’t want to be one of these people who has become dependent on this technology. You need to do everything you can to become self-sufficient and ensure that you can provide value in a world where Man is being made obsolete. If cell phones, computers and the Internet were to disappear tomorrow, the world would be plunged into the Stone Age, not due to a lack of technology but due to our dependence upon technology to survive.
As Aldous Huxley said:
“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.”