I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots Albert Einstein
Humanity likes to play with technology. And sometimes it is like playing with fire. Literally. In fact, this is how technology started its career, with Prometheus casting fire out of the sky. Fire as our first technology to melt, burn, create and destroy.
From the flames of that same fire, the ethical dilemma arose. Technology and power often go hand in hand. Who owns the technology, has the power to burn down the crop of the enemy, can yield dangerous weapons to threat and kill the enemy or wipe out complete populations at its whim.
We suck at asking THE important questions first. Why do we want to clone a human being? Why do we want to play god?
True scientists would answer this question with the simple because we can. And if we can’t yet, we should try, for the sake of science.
Technology will always be that double-edged sword. It has to be connected to the question: What does it mean to be human?
In these times of the acceleration of technologies, this question becomes more and more eminent. There are many threats we face in this time frame; Global warming, the rise of digital surveillance states, pyramids of money that cause huge inequality, social unrest and financial exclusion for billions of people.
I am 100% convinced our technology will solve many of these issues. To be able to we need to answer two questions first. Questions that are the foundation of our culture, of our values and ethical direction. If we don’t, that same technology might push us further in the moral void. Cast us into further separation and fear.
The answers to those question will determine where we go from here.
This is the first question;
What does empowerment mean for you?
We need to move from being told what to do, to being controlled and manipulated, into empowering ourselves and following our own truth. The truth of our media, governments and banks is no longer our truth, the trust has eroded. We enter an age where we only can trust ourselves and our own leadership over our lives. From this, a new paradigm will arise. From this, we can truly empower others and thrive together
For me, the next decades is about taking back the power from centralized institutions into our own hands. Banks, Governments and financial institutions have served us well, they brought us wealth, prosperity and economic growth. They once served the interest of the commons, but somehow they lost track. Probably because of the design of our current economic system. It's a Pyramid. Power got concentrated in the top which resulted in a massive financial inequality in the world. And a dozen other problems like corruption, misinformation and the misuse of our trust.
This is a big one, the trust issue. To grow as nations, we needed to give our trust in the hands of centralized entities, to create a win-win. They would make decisions for us to make life more easy and efficient. Democracy and centralization worked for quite a while. But the trust eroded overtime. This was mainly due to financial crises and for people to discover how money really works.
The wish for a new better economic system is now embodied with the birth of Blockchain technology. Technology responded again to eminent problems that need to be solved to bring humanity further.
How blockchain, the movement of decentralization and our current economic system are related I wrote here:
Why Decentralization Is A Spiritual Journey
How spirituality meets technology in our human evolution
Decentralization is the next big step for humanity. For this, we need to become empowered people. This is in its essence a spiritual task. We need to move from being a victim of “life”, “The System”, “Those immigrants that don’t belong here”, to become our own sovereign decision-maker on our lives. No government to take care of us from birth till death. Our circle, community or tribe will take care of us, like in the old days.
My thesis here is that all services, companies and states that have become pyramids essentially don't serve humanity in its growth. This includes the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry, the cartels of media and banking and the list goes on. They transitioned into serving the people in the top of their pyramids since that system allowed for that, and all of them have become increasingly nontransparent.
The next question is very much related to this since all things are connected
We only have one earth
Maybe the most important question humanity has to ask itself is: What is our relationship to our planet?
Since our planet is dying, and we are dying with her. A rebirth of our consciousness is inevitable. Our planet will support us in this process as it has supported us all along the way. That all comes from the unconditional love from the mother, our source, earth. But now its time to wake up and grow.
With the growth of our awareness, we have come to realize that infinite growth on a finite planet is just not possible.
First, we needed to control those massive powers of nature, since they could destroy us. So we set off on a quest to conquer earth. Not long after that came the exploitation. The hungry mouth of our consumer society and economy needed to be fed, forests needed to burn, once-fertile soil needed to be exhausted and sprayed with poison. All of this made many of us indifferent to nature. We separated from trees, rocks and rivers and started looking at it as a commodity to make money out of. Or a resource to fuel our economy.
This story is coming to an end since we can measure, observe and feel that our earth is dying. Bees and insects are disappearing. In the last 100 years, the worlds insect population has decreased by 75%. When insects die, we die. These statistics simply mean that the earth is slowly dying.
“If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and for the survival of mankind,”
Francisco Sánchez-Bayo in the Journal Biological Conservation
The shift is happening. And technology is helping us. We can measure coming tsunami’s, earthquakes and avalanches. We have learned to predict the nature of nature. The need to control the planet is weakening as we are weakening as a species. We are starting to become more humble, many are trying to make a change. Eco-villages are living in harmony with nature. Organic food has become mainstream and has conquered a place in almost all supermarkets. Sustainability is trending on Google.
We love to sustain our stay on our planet a little longer, so many of us got in the business of healing the planet. Circular economic models are on the rise. Electric cars are roaming the streets.
But we first need to answer this question: What does the planet really mean to us. All of us.
Maybe the Indians knew it all along. They predicted the return of the rainbow people. They just knew we were going to mess it up. Now we turn to them, to their wisdom, because we have lost track. Our way seems to be a dead-end street.
The rainbow prophecie starts with this;
One day… there would come a time, when the earth being ravaged and polluted, the forests being destroyed, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, the fish being poisoned in the streams, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.
We are pretty much nearing that day and technology won’t save us when we do not first answer the 2 questions in this story. Because with the answer comes the solution.
To be fully empowered means we take full responsibility for our own lives first. We take the power back in our own hands. We find the answer to the ancient Greek aphorism to know thyself.
What would happen to the world when more of us become a thriving force of change, inspiring and empowering others to find their purpose, to start healing themselves. What would happen when we decide to nurture, feed and support the planet? When we start listening to her heartbeat again and open to the grace of all of her beauty? When we fall in love with earth again?
Only then technology will really start do the wonders for us. Because our intention has changed.
Lets move back from this indifference to nature, this separation from the hostile outside, to inclusion, to wholeness. Let that be our starting point, our new paradigm to live from.
Since the seed for healing lies in wholeness. And from there comes gratitude and abundance. We have been given life, for free. What gives us joy is giving back to life. Let’s start giving today.
Lucien Lecarme is the author of The Wisdom Keeper. In this novel technology, won't save the planet, but the wisdom of one man might. Available on Amazon