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The Question (ID Number 140)...

    Several people have asked whether technology should be given up to achieve a Leaver lifestyle. You seem to say technology is not the problem in and of itself. Several books written by Jerry Mander make the case that technological inventions are not neutral, but rather that every technological device produces definite and measurable effects, good and bad, in a society. Example: The very existence of television produces centralization of power and homogenizes minds as well as limiting ones ability to distinguish between primary (real) experience and secondary (processed) experience. Do you think some technological devices will have to be abandoned, because their very existence inevitably leads to a Taker mentality?

    ...and the response:

    There ARE no technological devices whose "very existence" leads to a Taker mentality. The Taker mentality was in place thousands of years before the invention of writing, much less radio or television. This sort of thinking---examining technological devices one by one to see which will "have to be abandoned"---leads to nothing but empty wrangling, with one side lining up to say yes and another side lining up to say no. The arguments alone could last for hundreds of years---which is to say longer than the human race will be around if it continues in its present course.


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