The arrogance of technology

Five minutes into this podcast and I am so 😡. What in the world-“If you look at the great cities of the world, the great cities are where all the productivity growth is, it’s where all the companies essentially get born from- they are not going to get born in rural places- it’s just the nature of how of how knowledge workers work…”

Pardon me…but this former Google “expert” would do well to understand his ignorance and his definitions of knowledge are lacking knowledge.

“Knowledge workers” only in the city? What in the world? What about the knowledge found in growing food, gardening, planting, harvesting, being in nature, worshipping, loving your neighbor, loving your place and solitude. Perhaps, the wisdom of rural America is precisely that it is not a birthplace of companies but of love, truth, good human beings, relationships, crops, animals, beauty and of living things, and of realizing our own limitations and our complete dependency on the creator of air, water, sun and dirt.

Last time I checked, neither AI or technology could love or be in a relationship with us where love and truth are both given and received. Technology is not God- we must not fear or worship it. We are at a critical time that demands us to “be as wise as serpents and as guileless as doves”. Technology cannot save us from ourselves but Love can and does when we allow it and practice it.

If you live in the country- read Wendell Berry. He is a witness of truth and who at 87 continues to fight the good fight, and follow the way, the truth and the life. He speaks to the ignorance of man and of man’s technology.

“A part of our inherent ignorance, and surely a most formidable encumbrance to those who presume to know the future, is our ignorance of the past. We know almost nothing of our history as it was actually lived. We know little of the lives even of our parents. We have forgotten almost everything that has happened to ourselves. The easy assumption that we have remembered the most important people and events and have preserved the most valuable evidence is immediately trumped by our inability to know what we have forgotten. There are several other kinds of ignorance that are not inherent in our nature but come instead from weaknesses of character. Paramount among these is the willful ignorance that refuses to honor as knowledge anything not subject to empirical proof. We could just as well call it materialist ignorance. This ignorance rejects useful knowledge such as traditions of imagination and religion, and so it comes across as narrow-mindedness. We have the materialist culture that afflicts us now because a world exclusively material is the kind of world most readily used and abused by the kind of mind the materialists think they have. To this kind of mind, there is no longer a legitimate wonder. Wonder has been replaced by a research agenda, which is still a world away from demonstrating the impropriety of wonder. The materialist conservationists need to tell us how a materialist culture can justify its contempt and destructiveness of material goods. A related kind of ignorance, also self-induced, is moral ignorance, the invariable excuse of which is objectivity. One of the purposes of objectivity, in practice, is to avoid coming to a moral conclusion. Objectivity, considered a mark of great learning and the highest enlightenment, loves to identify itself by such pronouncements as the following: “You may be right, but on the other hand so may your opponent,” or “Everything is relative,” or “Whatever is happening is inevitable,” or “Let me be the devil’s advocate.” (The part of devil’s advocate is surely one of the most sought after in all the precincts of the modern intellect. Anywhere you go to speak in defense of something worthwhile, you are apt to encounter a smiling savant writhing in the estrus of objectivity: “Let me play the devil’s advocate for a moment.” As if the devil’s point of view will not otherwise be adequately represented.) There is also ignorance as false confidence, or polymathic ignorance. This is the ignorance of people who know “all about” history or its “long-term consequences” in the future. And this is closely akin to self-righteous ignorance, which is the failure to know oneself. Ignorance of one’s self and confident knowledge of the past and future often are the same thing.” Wendell Berry, The Way of Ignorance

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