High Tech Man

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We live in a high tech world, but the vast majority has close to no comprehension of how the high tech they surround themselves with and enjoy on a daily basis works. They would not be able to repair, let alone build, even 1% of it. They can barely change a light bulb, or the oil filters of the cars they drive. Note also – and this is rather interesting – that they would not be able to repair, let alone build, much low tech items either. Those who can make things today usually can only make one component to something, and have no idea how to make the rest of the parts needed for the item to work as intended.

So the high tech man is not only not very ‘high tech’ himself, but he is not even very ‘low tech’. He knows close to nothing. Even the ‘savages’ of the pre-historic times, were vastly superior to the majority of men today, when it comes to the ability to repair, maintain and build things.

What this means is that the ‘savages’ of the past were free men, their own masters, and the vast majority of men today are slaves to the good will of a few ‘benevolent’ masters, who control the high tech of our world. If their masters tell them to ‘jump’ they better jump, or else they are completely helpless – and will soon actually perish (even from boredom). No electricity? No light bulbs? No clean water? No money? Or – dear God! – no TV?!

But are their masters really benevolent? And where is it they want with this? What is it they want to achieve with this enslavement of man? Do they even do it on purpose? Are they just too stupid to see what is happening? “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”.

If you want to survive in the future, you better live like your forebears did, and be your own master. Get rid of all you don’t need, and be free! Embrace the low-tech world, that every man can master and find freedom through. Freedom from. Freedom to. True freedom: self-sustainability.

HailaR WôðanaR!

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  4. It seems to me like almost every item in (jew) Marslov’s hierarchy of needs is under attack in our consumer society. It was mentioned before in the comments on this blog how there are so many consumer slaves that never reach any level of self-actualisation, who are the “eternal adolescents”. Who lways worry about their income and mortgage, not being able to buy the next video game console, so much so they work themselves to death because they have no skill in life to be able to find alternatives to their needs or often times _wants_.

  5. We forgot that they want to travel through universe, colonize planets and galaxies, find new forms of life(probably to destroy again), and create inter-galactical utopia, and the man will evolve into a higher form of life, through technology, and everything will be fine, the life is just so brilliant in high-tech future, but the realities of high technology should be ignored, because it’s just a matter of time according to them, the human is so unperfect and technology is so perfect, and will make him perfect.

    • They think they can escape to a “new Earth” even though the sun’s radiation makes it virtually impossible. At some point they’d need so much lead to protect themselves that they’d have an astounding amount of difficulty even getting their spacecrafts off the ground in the first place – even with enough fuel and without the risk of the whole thing exploding. Yet they ignore this and continue saying that technology is the answer and that it will fix everything. But technology can’t “fix” us because we’re not broken and it can’t fix the thing that invented it in the first place… If anything, it’s breaking us.

  6. Especially like your remark about Freedom. That’s what this is ultimately about. I must think about a quote by famous comedian:
    “They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork.”

    The high tech problem and us dumbing down of-course lies deep with in the western, international, consumer society (all held together by democracy where money rules / can rule). Communities that can sustained itself, where everybody had his role and specialty have all but being destroyed. THEY don’t want communities where THEY don’t have control over, and THEY don’t want products which you yourself (or someone in your community) can repair. It’s bad for business! You need buy a new product over and over (planned obsoletion). This of-course all in the name of sustaining jobs and our economy. Buy! Buy!

    Big business, banks, corporations don’t have a link with the land because only profit counts. The link with the land is meant very literal. THEY will go on their way until everything is depleted and our environments/lands/blood destroyed. Of-course with “THEY” I mean big business, banks, corporations, governments in league with big business, etc… but we’re all part of it as well as long as we (actually everybody in the whole world) don’t educate ourselves with- and practice Odalism.

    I think we can only break this vicious circle with this old belief. Creating communities with a direct link to the land that can sustain themselves by taking no more then necessary. And carefully build and conserve upon what we have.

    I believe the first practical steps in this is to lead a simpler life, limit consumption, eat local, don’t travel that much, educate your own children and finding low-tech* solutions for everyday problems.

    *Btw an interesting website about this is: “Low tech mnagazine, found on the web.

  7. I don’t know if this is the place to submit it, but in case anybody wants it, here’s the spanish translation of this text:

    El hombre de la alta tecnología

    Vivimos en un mundo altamente tecnológico, pero la gran mayoría tiene poca o ninguna comprensión del funcionamiento básico de la alta tecnología con la que se rodean y disfrutan a diario. No serían capaces de reparar, no digamos ya construir, ni un 1% de ella. Apenas pueden cambiar una bombilla, o el filtro del aceite de los coches que conducen. Observemos -y esto es más interesante- que no serían capaces de reparar, no digamos ya construir, muchos objetos de escasa tecnología tampoco. Aquellos que pueden hacer las cosas hoy normalmente sólo pueden hacer un componente de algo, y no tienen idea de cómo hacer el resto de partes necesarias para hacer que ese objeto funcione como es debido.

    Así que el hombre de la alta tecnología no es tan solo no muy ‘altamente tecnológico’, sino que no es ni ‘bajamente tecnológico’. Apenas sabe nada. Incluso los ‘salvajes’ de épocas prehistóricas tenían un conocimiento muy superior al hombre actual cuando se tratan las habilidades para reparar, mantener o construir cosas.

    Lo que esto implica es que los ‘salvajes’ del pasado eran hombres libres, sus propios amos, y la gran mayoría de hombres de hoy son esclavos de la buena voluntad y unos pocos amos ‘bondadosos’ que controlan la alta tecnología de nuestro mundo. Si sus amos les dicen ‘salta’, más les vale saltar, o serán completamente inútiles -y terminarán muriendo (incluso de aburrimiento). ¿Sin electricidad? ¿Sin bombillas? ¿Sin agua limpia? ¿Sin dinero? ¿¡O -¡Dios nos libre!- sin televisión!?

    ¿Pero son sus amos realmente benévolos? ¿Y a dónde quieren llegar con esto? ¿Qué quieren lograr con la esclavitud del hombre? ¿Lo hacen siquiera adrede? ¿Son demasiado estúpidos para ver qué está pasando? “El camino al Infierno está pavimentado de buenas intenciones”.

    Si quieres sobrevivir en el futuro, más te vale hacer como nuestros ancestros hicieron, y ser tu propio maestro. ¡Deshazte de todo lo que no necesitas y sé libre! Acoge el mundo de la baja tecnología que todo hombre puede dominar y a través del cual encontrar la libertad. La libertad desde. La libertad hacia. La auténtica libertad: auto-sostenibilidad.

    Hailar WôðanaR!

    Traducción de Jared Ramírez.

  8. Varg, by any chance have you read Dougal Dixon’s Man After Man? It’s a speculative book about the horrific creatures that technology and genetic engineering cause Man to devolve into. It’s an absolutely horrific look at a very possible future

  9. Varg, what do you think of technology? I mean, our forefathers didn’t live with technologies same as us. Do you think we can live well with all technologies? Or we need to filter what is really important? Like: dishwashers are good, but we can wash our dishes without a machine.
    And last but no least: Do you think technology is bad to our relationship with gods?

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  11. Curious as to what uses more water, washing a dishwasher load’s worth of dishes immediately after use, each time individually, or a dishwasher load.

    • It would take less water to wash large amounts of dishes at once, as it typically takes less resources to do a task in bulk, but as to whether handwashing dishes or washing by dishwasher would take less water, I think it depends on how you wash the dishes by hand. If you washed them under a running tap, it could us close to the amount of water as a washing machine, but if you filled up your sink/a basin with soapy water and washed all of your dishes in that water and then dumped it out afterwards, that would almost definitely use less water.

  12. I think that one of the problems with the mainstream science is the easy confusion between scientific though and technic, something that was said by Martin Heidegger: We’re lovers of our instruments but became blind of our mind and thoughts… I don’t know if Varg is a Heidegger’s reader, but on my perspective He made an excellent reflexion about consequences of “technocentrism”.

  13. Within the last year I found myself giving away or selling a lot of possessions. I found that I was just a lot happier without “stuff” taking up space. Pretty much all that I personally own are things that I actually use. I only have a small collection of guitars since I consider them to be of “magical purpose”. I only need one of the five I have, but I still use them for music. When I started playing guitar I had to learn about how to repair every aspect about them. My first guitar was pretty bad, but I learned a lot by repairing everything myself. Since everything failed I had to figure out why and to do it myself. As time went by, I was doing work for friends because they did not understand how thier own instrument worked. My father said that: “Unless you can fix it or make it yourself, you don’t own it, it owns you”. Overtime those words made a lot of sense.

    Today I find more joy in giving stuff away than aquiring it. I’ve also appeciated the value of using candles now during the night instead. I found I sleep a lot better at night for it. In the last year I’ve also been doing more metal working. I hope to make candle stands someday soon; once I get the room to do so.

  14. I think that there are two possible outcomes. Basically, that we continue along the path that we have been treading and make some major alterations; or that we have reached our peak point and will simply return to earlier ways of living. In a sense they can both have much in common. What I wonder about a cyclical shift to older ways, is that the process begins all over again and we only end up back to where we are now, more of less. I also wonder about what the limit of the process is. Is the universe teleological? If so, then an exploration of a continuation of the process is not unwarranted, in my mind.

    In a certain light, with some adjustments, is it possible that modern man could be made good, and along with it, it’s technology? The term “Meritocracy” could be an important one. If we adjusted free market capitalism in favour of a sort of social capitalism, many things would fair far better. I mean this in the sense that people would not be permitted to take certain actions just because it brings them wealth, and not be able to absord obsence amounts of it. Wall Street would be a thing of the past. If it hurts the environment, and disadvantages other people too much, this should be disallowed. No more praise and credit for being a thug. Instead, we should reward people for innovating how to create technologies which make our lives, and the state of Earth better. Maximize our health, state of knowledge and being. Creating something just to make a profit or for intellectual masturbation is not really very commendable in my view. And no, I am not advocating communism. Far from it. Yet, we can not deny our connectedness in degrees.

    If we cut off the source of wealth to the dynastic bloodlines which control disproportionate amounts of wealth(what one has IS always at the cost of others), and recirculated the money, many problems would be solved. If the Abramhamic religions die out, and science turns towards a confirmation of spirit, that would solve many problems. If government was only lead by the meritorous, and the good, this would change what technology means to us. Currently, we are slaves not to benevolent, but malevolent masters. We slave for them, and we develope and act on the tastes of idiotic slaves. Make man free, and enoble him, educate him(truly), have the source of governance(and voting) be based on only merit, and goodness – as opposed to wealth and inheritance of wealth or just the fact that you exist and reached a certain age – then many things could turn out differently.

    I merely present this as a possibility. Personally, I am unsure as to what will actually happen and in a sense I see both possibilities as sharing a great deal in common. This environment is good when it is in a good state. It is just that it doesn’t sit still and probably never will. We are certainly in a precarious state as it is, but that is when the possibility of change becomes that much more probable.

  15. I dont know in my opinion it is man fault not technology if someone sit 10 hours daily in front of computer is their fault machine cant tell you what to do.

    • You are right about that, but what I find original in Varg and Maries’ thinking is the notion that we have made technological progress, because we de-evolved as human beings. Every time we lost some of our inborn abilities, we compensated this with technology. The development of these technologies is still a kind of brilliance that not all people share, but it is devolution, not progress. But again, I agree with you, it is your and my choice not to use a lot of technology.

  16. I wrote about this topic on WSS: http://www.whiteshadesociety.com/blog/index.php/Entry/8-The-Future-of-Technology-with-regards-to-the-European-Traditions/

    TL:DR We need to redefine our views on technology so that it is seen as an additive to our lives, clearly separate from traditional/natural things; and we need to realize where it is negatively affecting our lives. Above all, we need to make sure we are competent without it before we allow ourselves to use it. If you wouldn’t be able to survive waking up one day with all the electronics dead, then you are abusing technology to your own detriment.

    • And my major point was that this is the next major challenge for our people(after dealing with the more obvious ones.) That being refining our self-control as so that we don’t allow ourselves to be enslaved by technology. I wouldn’t toss it aside even if I no longer wanted anything to do with it, there is much potential for us to better ourselves by keeping it around and learning to use it responsibly.

      Much like how the strongest recovering alcoholic is the one who can hang out with friends who still drink and never once take even a sip. Such a man is stronger than the one who moves to a ‘dry county.’ It was the way of Christian monks to lock themselves away from the world to keep themselves from sin.

  17. Those living in poor countries and “with no history” have greater chances to survive I think. Western countries shall have a more sensible catastrophe, because of all commodities they are less suited for survival.

  18. Always make sure to stock up on good books to so that you can pass the time during the day. Also get a lot of candles ready. You can make them yourself too at home. Matches are essential as well. Build a brick oven outside your house and make sure you have a good axe for chopping wood as well as all different hand tools.

  19. I used to watch tv all the time, sometimes I just had it on to have noise in the background and not have silence. Several years ago, I realized there is nothing I enjoy watching on tv and found myself no longer watching it. I have not watched tv for many years now and have no desire to ever again. I have substituted the computer for the television which I know may not be great but it is better than tv (at least no one controls the internet, at least not yet) and you can get pretty much anything entertainment wise from it. I still use electrical things like lights and the refrigerator, but I keep electrical use to that bare minimum. The one thing that I would absolutely be heartbroken to lose because I think its the greatest invention ever, is the air conditioner. I tolerate heat poorly and sweat like a pig easily, can’t get to sleep at night if I am hot, etc.

  20. As with most anything in life, for depth one must sacrifice breadth. Industrialization was adopted at such a fast pace because of the immense gains it offered in production precisely because of this trade off. What we are experiencing now with modern technology nothing more than the logical conclusion of this methodology. It will continue to extend into every aspect of life until we are inevitably changed as a species or a breaking point is reached.

    Any sane person should wish for the downfall of this way of life. The sooner it happens, the more of the important things we are losing can be saved.

  21. The power we had, of repairing the things we owned was removed slowly. Things are designed now to be replaced. I notice this more and more with technology especially, if you buy a tablet computer, or a cellular phone. It’s impossible to even replace the battery in these things, but more and more we ‘need’ these things. Then every few months they release a new one, exceptionally overpriced as well.

    It’s not so much as even when I was younger, I taught myself to replace nearly anything to a desktop computer. Even to do modifications to the circuitry using soldering tools. Now few people own even these things anymore. The exception being the people who are very into computer modifications. You’re out of luck if you own a laptop and something goes wrong; these things ‘could’ have been made to be more easily repaired…

    but there is no profit to be made like this anymore

    • “You’re out of luck if you own a laptop and something goes wrong; these things ‘could’ have been made to be more easily repaired…

      but there is no profit to be made like this anymore”

      I can relate to that final sentence as I, myself, am (or rather was..) a computer repair technician by trade and thus can attest thereto. Verily, there is no work to be done within the hardware aspect of the information technology field. Within the past couple of years, I have been able to acquire 0 customers for my independently run computer repair service, but then, I live in Orlando. Moreover, having “worked” for Apple last year, all of their forthcoming products, software, and hardware were divulged to all trainees as confidential. Well, in Apple’s case, CD- ROMs will be history. The next Apple operating system will only be available for download via the Apple store. This implies that they will be relying more on “the cloud” and, consequently, will be rendered more vulnerable to security compromise. Microsoft will be in a worse position shall they follow in Apple’s well- trodden footsteps by unnecessarily emulating them as they are already the main subject of DDoS attacks, Trojan Horses, Worms, and so forth. Inevitably, computers will be useless, expendable, shit. Dumbphones are, certainly, no better. Our memory, our mental libraries will have to avail us at the end of it all.

  22. I love this article. And we had a dishwasher in a rental home once; I rarely used it. They are such a pain in the arsch.

    My dad, born 1910 (he was old when I got born) could make or do just about anything. There was no electricity in the area he and us children and my mother were born in and we didn’t get it until about 1959. I know what it is like to not have electricity and plumbing and water coming from a tap. But if you have never known those things, you obviously do not care. But humans are so used to them now, that if the plug was pulled, most people would be screaming and crying – in a total panic, as if they were being led to execution or something. We experience power outages or things going seriouisly wrong with the sewage & plumbing system from time to time. It is a discomfort but not a major calamity except for the money to repair it.

    Keep up the good work, Varg.

  23. About repearing things your argument isn’t 100% valid. I doubt that average Olaf had tools, knowledge and resources necesary to make metal pot or a mail. He’d go to a blacksmith which would do those things for him. With high tech you have more complex devices and you need more knowlede and specific tools to make them whic results in more specialists. But in the end they fulfill the same role as your 9th century blacksmith.

    Problem lies in the fact that most people today don’t have skills tosustain their life without advanced technology.

    The point I’m trying to make is. We shouldn’t abandon advanced technology BUT we should learn how to live without it. You can use your dishwasher, or landmower but in case they fail having regular sink or a scythe wouldn’t hurt.

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  25. You have a good point here, Varg. I myself have an old van and motorbike which are not computer controlled. The motorbike at least will last me out my days. You are also correct about ancient construction skills: eg the 200 BC Metonic cycle recorder found at Antikythera, and the inventions of Archimedes before the Romans and Christians outlawed science. But there are people who build their own computers, and I would miss my washing machine! It’s a shame some of your followers are still playing the blame game, using the race card. It’s not clever and it’s counterproductive.

    • I will miss my dishwasher… but I am still getting rid of it.

      At the end of the day, I realize that there is not much left that I need electricity for. Only for computers. But how long will the Internet last? I don’t know. It might end sooner than we expect.

      • Until my girlfriend insisted that we use the dishwasher, I never had dirty dishes piling up in the kitchen. When one doesn’t have such a thing, the mindset is clean what you’ve used right away.

        • That’s exactly what I keep trying to explain to people who either live with or used to live with me. I never have dirty dishes piling up because of me since I own a sponge and dish soap. It only takes a few minutes to take care of the mess, but everyone is/was so in love with the dishwasher that the counter would be covered in dirty dishes because they never cleaned up after themselves. Then they’d be too lazy to put them in the dishwasher in the first place and I’d end up taking care of everything a lot of the time. It’s like they got so used to sitting around doing nothing that they forgot how to work.

          • I have never owned a dishwasher, not sure anyone in my family has. They take as long to load up as it would be to clean dishes yourself by hand, uses electricity and takes up space. Never seen he attraction myself.

        • What I’ve done all my life was simply keep at least one bowl, plate, spoon, glass, fork, knife, etc each for myself.

          My family always stalled when cleaning dishes so the dishes would pile like crazy especially once the dishwasher was introduced to the home. Also everyone used a different glass, plate, spoon, etc for everything they had. So one would likely use 4 different bowls in one day.

          They also used the excuse that I should be ‘helping’ clean the mess.

          So what I did was simply like I said, keep my own tools. Cleaned ONLY those ones whenever I was finished with them and never once ran into the problem of “Running out of dishes”, nor did they have an excuse to have me clean up their mess anymore when I stuck with my own supplies.
          Also since I was the only one responsible for my selection of dishes they never got hit with those ‘cleaning chemicals’ I noticed scattered around the sink. The soaps and what not. Just used water and a cloth (Which I also kept one just for myself).
          I’ve never used the dishwasher, in fact I never understood it. Even a child can tell it’s basically counterproductive and utterly lazy.

          Of course the first thing they say is:
          “Imagine how filthy those are you don’t even use soap! Aren’t you afraid of Germs?!”

          “no not really, besides I’m the only one who uses them.”

          • I had a dishwasher at my old house but now not anymore. I can remember piles of dishes and forks,knives…etc. I think is much better this way, everyone washes their own stuff after use.

      • Excuse-me mr. Vikernes, but what do you use as a refrigerator? Is it the 2 vases with sand in the middle? Can you keep meat in there?

  26. It’s sad, some people can’t even build a proper fire for cooking meat. Why would they need that anyway? There is that “ready to lit BBQ” BS

  27. A dream.
    First I’ll have to break from the bonds of my parents. After that, progression to true freedom.

    Being raised a city boy all my life may hold a heavy burden however.
    But that matters not, the more difficult the path more the victory and satisfaction.

    • May I make a suggestion? You might consider working abroad for a bit in the state/country you wish to live to familiarize yourself with it and make some friends there. Naturally the laws differ from place to place, but I’ve heard that to get a job working in Germany (not the “working abroad” kind of job, but actually living there and potentially working towards gaining citizenship if you’d like) you need what I call a “guaranteed address” so they know you have a place to live, and you need the agreement from an employer willing to hire you. Unfortunately, you need both at the same time which can be kind of tricky. If you work abroad first you can befriend one or more people who might be willing to let you stay with them while you’re living and working there. So you can get that “guaranteed address” that way before applying for a job. I think at that point you can basically move there, but different places have different guidelines for your stay there (I mean you have to stay for X amount of time during which you can or must leave the state/country for Y number of times in Z time frame). And of course you should know the official language fluently even if you find a place where it isn’t required (although I can’t think of any off the top of my head). It’s polite to the people who live there, but I think I can safely assume you already knew that. Anyway, I only know this about Germany specifically because I asked my German teacher a bunch of questions about his stay there and what the process was like for him (he did almost all of that himself except applying for a citizenship) in addition to doing some research of my own. In places other than Germany there might be other specifics. Although, sometimes I wonder if it would be faster to just marry into a place… There’s a different set of rules involved in that though and I don’t have them all memorized well enough to go over them off the top of my head right now. Anyway, I wish you the best of luck in achieving your dream.

      • I thank you for this. Coincidentally (the amount of coincidences that happen here are actually far too high for me to even believe they are anymore, ha ha) my friend and I were talking of such a thing last night. He is currently in Ontario so the discussion popped up because he will be in Nunavut for 5 months, expressing my envy of his ability to travel now he pointed me in this exact direction. Explaining a friend of his is currently working abroad in Germany for 7 months which sounded like a good idea, getting to know an area and befriending people there (However my ‘friend-making’ skills are quite low). The part of “guaranteed address” never arose though, so this will be tremendous help to know.

        I thank you again, I’ll have to research into this more tonight.

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