Most believe in the theory of evolution, that man was once a primitive creature much like the apes still amongst us. They believe that man and apes have common ancestors, common roots. Almost everything is seen in this light. Almost everything is understood in this light. “Man was primitive before, and we are more advanced today”. “We are the most advanced creatures ever to walk on this planet”.
(Then they go watch football on their high tech TVs, and scream like apes when their favourite team scores… Yeah; ‘very’ advanced indeed…)
They heard the news that Ebola has arrived and 10.000 are already dead? They just got to know that another nation has invaded their homeland? No. Their team just lost a match…
Also, almost everything we do today are based on some sort of technology. We can fly? Yes, in advanced planes and helicopters. We can dive to the depths of the sea? Yes, in advanced submarines. We can build tall buildings? Yes, with cranes and other advanced machinery. We accurately can map the stars? Yes, using high tech telescopes and computers we can. Et cetera.
When we think of ancient man we immediate understand that he had no such things, no such advanced technology, so we assume that he could do nothing of that sort. Some remains of the antediluvian world remains, such as the pyramids in Egypt, and the wisest of us wonder what kind of technology they had, that enabled them to build them like that. Yeah, I mean: do we ever think that perhaps there was another factor involved here, that we don’t know today?…
Technology is today often the answer to everything….
A. More advanced technology, enabling us to produce more food from less land.
Q. Deadly viruses?
A. More advanced medicine, enabling us to produce vaccines that are more beneficial than they are harmful.
Q. The Sun will die one day?
A. Deep space travel and intergalactic travel.
The modern man has faith in science. He is assured by science. “Don’t worry! Science will find a way!” The scientists will solve all problems, using technology. Have no worries. Science and technology will save us all! Hallelujah!”
In reality, every problem solved by technology creates one or two – or more – new problems, and they are often no less dramatic, severe and dangerous. Some times the adverse effects of the technology we surround ourselves with are like a cancer to our societies, and will – unless stopped – destroy us completely. Wipe us out. Obliterate us. Remove us from the face of the Earth.
Ah, but the ‘religious’ don’t worry about that: the priests… sorry, I mean scientists will find a new technology that will solve this before it goes that far! Right? Have faith in them. Let them carry on. Don’t stop them. Don’t object. Things will be fine. Just have faith…