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Is constant & continual progress necessary? When is it time to stop?

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It seems that there is no final frontier.  Human kind has investigated and continues to investigate the earth, the planets, the oceans, space, the solar system, and numerous other galaxies and universes.  It would appear there are those who have to try just to see if it can be done.  Human kind is looking at changing DNA. It is looking to find parallel dimensions. And after, what?


Futurists are quite good at rationalizing how all this “improvement/progress” will benefit human kind.  The minds of science fiction writers have predicted a number of inventions and events that have come true.  On the flip side, there are human kind who feel that if something isn’t broken, there is no reason to fix it.  They feel that it’s just fine to continue doing things the way they have always been done.  They do not believe in all these new - fangled things.  If those who feel change isn’t or wasn’t needed prevailed, we would still be washing clothes by hand, hanging clothes out to dry, using ice to keep our food cold, and fashioning brooms to sweep with.  We would still be driving horse and buggies.  Not all progress is bad.  But we have reached a point where progress is no longer about making daily chores easier and more efficient.  We have reached a point of researching and inventing just for the sake of doing it.  We have reached a point where we need to consider ethics morals, playing G-d, and discovering worlds we might have been better off not knowing about. 


Do we want to relinquish our control to machines and artificial intelligence?  Do we want to give away all of our independence and decision-making?  Do we have a right to create designer babies?  Are we into a universe that will wither our bodies because we don’t use them anymore and just become a “brain” that has to depend on a myriad of supports in order to survive while developing our “intellect?”  We will fill cures for all disease but unwittingly create viruses that will put human kind into extinction?  Do we really know what we are doing?  But then, who makes the decision when enough is enough?  It’s a conundrum that has no answer.  Is an idyllic life what we really want?  Without conflict, there will no reason to change anything.


It would seem that the essential elements that makes us human will also be our undoing.  There may come a time when cars, houses, offices will do everything for us.  Self-driving cars will not tragically malfunction.  But our desire to make things so easy for ourselves will cause us to lose our creativity, our instincts, our intuition, and our very souls because instead of developing the rigor of our thinking we will dilute it.  Muscles need use and we will be so involved with “leisure” we will be sitting ducks.  We have touted human kind’s free will since the beginning of time.  It would seem that free will is not “free.”  We will pay dearly for our lack of foresight.


What do you think?
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Cinnamon Carter



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