Just got back from seeing Avatar (great movie btw), and was talking with some friends about it over some serious drinking, and the question came up…what is it with certain greens/environmentalists and technology? I don’t want to spoil the movie here, but one of the major themes (the others being an anti-military mindset and the evils of Big Business™…but lets not go there) is the evils of Human technology vs the noble savage (with green powered magic pixie dust tech that can trump said evil Human tech. To see how it works out I recommend, highly…GO SEE THE MOVIE!).
Since I was a kid there has been a recurring theme in some environmental circles about the evils of technology and this concept of the noble savage…of how it’s better (or imperative!) to go back to some earlier, low tech era. Better for The Planet(ARR), better for Nature™, and most of all better for We, The People. I think that part of the knee jerk reaction towards Global Warming (from the non-mustache twirling capitalist types) is because some of us old fogies have heard all this before…over and over again. And it SEEMS that this might just be the same old same old, but with a new End of the World(!!) type twist. Personally, I think there is more to it than that…but I can definitely see the other side of this as well, having lived through the last 5 (and a bit ;)) decades.
I’m not trying to paint all environmentalists or greens with a broad brush here. I KNOW that many don’t buy into the anti-tech and noble savage with Wicca crystal new age earth mother power, blah blah blah…but some do. And I’m curious as to where this comes from. WHY this concept that all tech is evil? Where does the idea that things were better in bygone ages come from?? How is the level of tech evaluated by such people to be just right, but not too much? Isn’t saying that human technology is evil just another way of saying that humans are evil? After all, our tech is us…we have always been a technology driven species, and always will be IMHO.