Saturday, August 29, 2015

Addiction

According to the dictionary, addiction is : a habit that has become impossible to break, especially one involving physical and psychological dependence on the intake of harmful substance such as drugs or alcohol (Harrap's Chambers).

We all know about alcohol and drug's addictions and so I will not bother talking about it. I will just say that those addictions are the result of former stealth addictions that our society offers in a wide variety. 

We are addicted to our television on which we spend a fair amount of time watching, of our smart phone that we take everywhere and on which we don't take our eyes off, ignoring our direct surrounding. For those of us who own a car, they will use it more than necessary. Addiction extend also to material possession to which we have hard time to part with (often because we need them, but also for sentimental or social status reasons). And as Tyler Durden was saying in 'Fight Club' : things that we own end up owning us. He was himself using that adage from ancient wisdoms. 

But material possessions isn't the sole responsible for our addiction. Our lifestyle can be a source of addiction, for example our endless desire of intense sensations, or, on another hand, this quest for stability that generates all those habits, and which I believe to be stagnation.

What creates this addiction ? many things, but one that is particularly important, I believe : attachment or affection, even though it does not systematically lead to addiction. 

I will say then, that addiction is an attachment to a thing or a situation that provide a great pleasure combined to a refusal of seeing it end.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Man and the machine


We all know about this picture that shows all the evolutionary stages of man. A big part of this evolution is our skill to create and to produce. Our capacity to build is staggering and our technical progresses spectacular. No need to detail our technological feats as everybody knows about them.

The problem is that if our creations and more specifically our machines are evolving, but we are not. We reached our level of evolution a few dozen of thousand of years ago and since then we have been stagnating to that stage. Actually we even regressed. Once, I heard on the radio that there was a scientific study telling that in the middle age, people had more memory than today's people.

paradoxically, our machines are diminishing us. Because they have replaced us in many different tasks in the house, in the factory and in the office. They can also drive us (some subways or modern airliners) so gradually they take away our skills. They take us everywhere, further away and at faster pace. They first calculated for us and now they are thinking for us.
Some would love to give them life (with robot and artificial intelligence) so they could pretend to be that god that created us and whom they stopped believing in.

We love machines and we are so fond of them. Originally, they were meant to help us, but now, we cannot live without them they took over us.

And I can see, that spending that much time with them, we are turning a bit in to machines ourselves and that our society is functioning more and more like it.
We cross when it's green, and stop at red signal. We applaud at a show (even a bad one) because this is what is expected from us. We sleep at night, live at day, eat three meals a day, and we have all these habits and develop these mechanisms that run our daily mechanical life. We talk a more and more computerized language.
Our eduction prepare us to live in the automated wold by conditioning us to become good parts (of the machine). Even as children, we are categorized : in kinder garden and primary school, they grade us for our knowledge and for our behavior. A good grade means a fit child for the machine and a bad grade a lost case, to be worked on or trashed. This evolving system goes until school, then a first selection will determine the rough pieces from the more subtle ones of the mechanical society. The rough pieces will be increasing the machine's moving parts by being a cog in its structure. The subtle pieces will start a more in depth formatting, first in high schools, then in colleges or universities (those formatting factories) from where they'll exit labeled in conformity for what they've been formated for. 
They will then become experts which are fundamental pieces of machinery or they will go to reinforce the leading parts of the machine and participate to its development and well being : to devour our planet for an everlasting growth, shitting garbage back, pissing liquids that pollute our waters, farting greenhouse effect gases, and burping some radioactive clouds that will enduringly pollute the world.
That being said, the machine (that is not so stupid) try to last (the death of our planet will mean its own death) by recycling its wastes (organic, mechanical or useful).

What future ? Well I can see man gradually becoming more and more mechanical (it already started) to become bionic and ending up as a cyborg, living with robots. Welcome to the paradise of the materialistic mind.

And what about nature ?  A long time ago, we were just a bunch of savages very close and living in harmony with it. The gods and our ancestors would tell us how to take care of it. But we stated to dwell into villages and cities, busy building machines. Nature became a vast reservoir of resources in a planet for sale. 
And we lost touch with our spirituality to become materialistic. 
Now, how would you like to die ? With your gods or with your machines ?