Digital Life Makes Our Civilization And Us Much More Vulnerable To Complete Collapse
It was not so long ago that lovers and business partners separated by hundreds if not thousands of miles only had the Pony Express to meet the need for communication. Now we have the Internet. The Internet allows us to pursue our passions in life. Certainly, it makes gathering information easier and allows us to follow people who share our passions.
The internet offers us an intensification –amplification –electrification -digitization of human consciousness. It is the creation of a digitized social field of immense proportions. The Internet has given us fantastic tools to help us reach out and touch each other and this leads to touching ourselves in profoundly new ways that make us happy. Internet use empowers people by increasing their ability to communicate, which yields increased feelings of ‘security, personal freedom, and influence.’
We can meet others online that will help us keep abreast of everything happening in our principal areas of interest. It can go even further and fulfill us by giving us a channel to actually help others. It gives us a bully pulpit with the capacity to send our messages out to a large number of people all over the world and people will listen if we have something interesting or profound to say. “Mastering a new technology – whatever the technology is — contributes to the atmosphere of growth in your life, and that boosts happiness,” wrote Gretchen Rubin.
So strong has the digital age become that the vision of the future in which human and machine morph into a monstrous hybrid exists already in some of our brightest minds. Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin recently declared, “We want to make Google the third half of your brain.” Brin and Larry Page are unabashed enthusiasts and promoters of what has come to be known as “the Singularity,” a vision of the near future in which human beings and machines merge so that illness, old age, and even death become things of the past.