All forms of human inequality and cruelty are emergent properties of the systems we create. Parents view children as wealth. Social groups view themselves in competition. Nations fight to preserve industry, borders, and populations. And people work to acquire privileged positions with regard to information, wealth, and influence.
The biggest existential threat to civilization, not to humanity per se, is actually technology
The problem with artificial, motherless children is not that they can’t be made to love the corporation or the state, but that they are expensive and create liability
I believe the subrosa theme of The Martian is a challenge in the form of a wake-up slap to us all. Simply put, if one man can engineer his survival on an inhospitable wasteland, why can’t we engineer our survival on our home planet of such abundance?
Last night, I was helping my 11-yo son with his history assignment: a comic, showing the evolution of mankind from the stone age, to the neolithic, to the modern industrial phase. In Oliver’s last panel, his Homo sapiens sapiens concluded that the efficiencies of a mechanized world allowed them to enjoy being human.
This morning, I was pleased to find a similar sentiment from none less that Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man.
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