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Has Technology morally put the environment and nature on the back burner? Are we living lifestyles that are constantly putting our health at risk? Due to technology our economic status is on the verge of collapsing? Is there a race by Americans to see who could use the resources of the earth faster? These questions and a lot other arise when discussing the problems with our environment. Through my research paper on an artificial environment I hope to cover those problems that come about when arguing the facts about technology. What can we do to prevent the changes we are making in our environment from destroying the physical basis My paper consist of facts which tell us that we are and still will remain an invention of our own environment. “Our perception of the world is increasingly shaped by the artificial environment we inhabit.”(Mander, 206) Man has made practically everything around us. The natural way of doing things have disappeared. Man’s environment has changed so rapidly in recent years that all man can do is absorb and recycle. In the book I’m researching called Where Does Humanity Go From Here the author discusses how masculinity or the “macho” controls our society. “….we will continue to seek to dominate nature rather than cooperate with it, we will in time destroy ourselves in the process.” (Melissinos, 375) Once we take care of the obvious then we can make progress in having a better human society. Why are simple things people live for in our society not as sufficient in other countries. In more poverty stricken cultures hot showers are major luxuries as well as televisions, radios, and newspapers. We live too much for stuff. Our lifestyles are made up of so many material things that we as a group are setting are self up for failure. Our individuality and selfishness are becoming a burden. As documented in Where Does Humanity Go From Here, it is time for America to give up their radical individualism, because it has done much o fuel the current environmental crisis, the dehumanization of work, and the increasing social instability.(Melissinos, 377) Man’s intention in creating new artifacts and modifying his environment was to be relieved from oppressive conditions and to enlarge his capabilities and increase his possibilities. (Conquests of Nature, 59) The urge to alter the conditions of life and to improve them in directions of his own choosing is clearly a basic instinct. We’ve developed the comforts of life by our own inventions. (Conquest of Nature, 58) These comforts of life we all need in order to achieve self-gratification. Something that the majority of Americans live for. Things that I believe are considered luxuries is self-gratification which American indulge themselves with. Today’s booming technology and nature is taking too much away from nature. For example is there really a night or day. When we encounter darkness a fear arrives. Imagine us without electricity at nighttime, it would be horrific. We evolve around electricity. “Were like a child whose always left the light on.” (Mander, 208) As a society it is stated that we live in a subconscious sense, with an abundance of security, greed, generosity, and insensitivity. (Meadows, 377) The way I see it is that were losing the battle right now, but still have a chance to win the war. The world requires a spiritual outlook on life revolution. “Almost everyone throughout the civilized world pays lip service to the environment today, but not all are realizing the extent of change in attitude and behavior necessary to save the planet.” (Melissinos, 377) Basically there is a strong need for change in societies values. In conclusion we have no further choice but to rethink our human intuition and existence in nature. If we don’t realize nature is us and our kinship, then our technological power will soon destroy nature. Not only will nature be decimated but anything and everything around it, including us.
Mander, Jerry/Meadows, Donella. “The Walling of Awareness Inconsistently on Land.” Literature and the Environment. Pub. Addison-Wesley Educational. 1999. Pg. 206-214/Pg. 377- 380. Forbes, R.J. The Conquest of Nature. Pub. New York, Praeger. 1968 Pgs. 56-59 Melissinos, Adrian C. “Where Does Humanity Go From Here.” Principles of Modern Technology. Pub. Cambridge, New York; Cambridge University. Pgs. 375-380
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