Recently I watched Out Of Africa, a beautiful film (1985, Best Picture). The movie is based on the true life adventure of the Danish (Isak Dinesen) author’s time in Africa during World War I. In the movie Meryl Streep muses, “Perhaps earth was made round so we wouldn’t see too far down the road.” I thought, That’s it in a nutshell. “It” being what ails humans today – we have made the earth flat.
The Flat Earth
has come to be because of technology. Now we have the means, not only to see, but hear as well, everything and anything that is happening anywhere on earth; and that is overwhelming. We did not evolve in this context, and are not equipped to deal with so much instant information.
Our Five Senses
evolved as they did to engender survival on a round planet, with no knowledge of what was beyond the horizon. In other words, to solve proximate problems. Only.
It’s only very recently that we’ve come to have the means to send messages and see what anyone or anything was doing outside of what our senses informed us. Sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch work together to allow us to live together in a relatively small area, space, or territory. That’s it. Those senses have not changed, or upgraded, for perhaps sixty-thousand years. They are “Stone-Age”, biological adaptations. We are not programed to fly.
Jet lag is real. Flying fast to a place beyond our sense capacity is disorienting. Some people adjust better than others.
An upgrade, via natural selection, would mean that those not disoriented by fast travel across time zones would reproduce more than those who suffer. That’s how populations change genetically. Those who have traits/qualities that enhance operational demand characteristics have more offspring and eventually, the less adapted extinct.
There is no evidence (that I know of) that that is happening. Our senses remain what they have been for millennia. I’m not aware of any evidence suggesting that fast adapters (or early adopters) reproduce at higher rates than slow adapters.
Because, biologically, the verdict is still out. It may be that technology becomes our downfall. Or extinction accelerant.
so far is overwhelming. I offer a short list of Modern Problems. [Ha! That was a class I took in high school (1968), of which none of the below were mentioned.]
- Maladaptive daydreams
- Selective mutism
- Splitting (Multiple personalities)
- Social anxiety
- FOMO (Fear of missing out)
- Panic attacks
- Drug addiction
- Long COVID
- Rejection sensitivity
- Maladaptive bibliophile
- Hyper masculinity
- Hyper victimology
Two pictures taken on the same day of where people are. The first is of a rehab facility, the second of open space. The two spaces adjoin each other. One is popular, the other not.
The Age Of Despair
is where we are. I witness it everyday on my walks and from my observation post (my balcony). It’s not that some of these problems didn’t exist (in the Stone Age), however, they were dealt with differently. (Don’t ask.)
Alright. You might have been burned at the stake! So not all modernity is maladaptive. Or … ? Just kidding.
The Point Is
we’ve solved some problems but created others. All without knowing what-the-fuck we’re doing. Moreover, to the point, WHO ARE WE?
Okay, how can we know who we are without knowing “who I am?” And now, because of upgrades, I’ve got millions and billions of others to compare and contrast myself with. How do I measure up?
is the essential question. The king? [THE queen (of England) just died.]
Oh, it’s how many clicks/views/likes I get on my (YouTube) channel, or blog (WordPress or Substack), or some constantly upgraded social platform (TicTock, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), Goodreads.) What are you doing?
Follow The Money
or not? “They” have changed the essence of money, or currency.
Used to be back in the Stone Age, currency was food. And water, and shelter from the storm. Now “They” tap letters and numbers on a keyboard which determines WHO YOU ARE. What you are worth. Who are “They”?
Is it all just a calculation?