Hey, how creative, I entitled this post “February Updates”. So anyway, I’ve been thinking about my math blog. I definitely liked blogging about math but at some point it was getting tiring to maintain and I’m glad I deleted it. Actually, since I deleted it, nobody told me that they missed the content so I think it wasn’t very appealing, and it was definitely freeing to start something new. By the way, I haven’t given up doing math or using it. I actually made a video that had some math in it but it’s directly related to ecology because I talk about diversity measures.

I also added a recommended reading section. There aren’t too many books for now but I definitely recommend one I just finished reading called Bright Green Lies by Derrick Jensen. It’s a refreshing book because it approaches conservation from a more ecocentric point of view.

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Today, I was reading an article about the environmental impact of mining. And in that article, the author said the following:

As today, any future society will have similar or even bigger needs for water, food, and energy, and hence, the availability of these resources has to be ensured to future generations.

This is exactly the assumption that we must destroy. Future societies must use less water and energy. Of course, not less water for drinking: but less water for manufacturing, golf courses, and watering lawns.

Furthermore, we must use less energy. We need to have a goal not just of reducing carbon but reducing energy use.

One of the greatest problems today with many environmentalists is that they lack a firm moral philosophy. They’re more about trying to solve our problems with the climate, but want to have their cake and eat it too. They want to have all this fancy, first-world society stuff like modern technology, VR, AI, and other mindless junk we don’t need. They want to sit comfortably surrounded by all our modern technology and still stop the cooling of the planet.

In reality, there is simply no way to rectify our consumerist, capitalistic society with a harmonious existence with nature. It is as if environmentalists have Stockholm syndrome and can’t see it. Of course, I consider myself an environmentalist but at least I realize that there’s a lot of modern comfort we’ll have to give up to actually fix this horrible society and the genocide and damage that we do.

The website 350.org has the statement: “We believe in a safe climate and a better future — a prosperous and equitable world built with the power of ordinary people, driven by renewable energy and rooted in justice.”

Equitable for whom? Human beings only? Because we can’t just fool ourselves to think that the end situation will be equitable for animals and plants. I admire the work done by 350.org, but I think they’re a little disillusioned. They’re like those weak-minded people that attempt to put dollar values on nature. We should not be so placating to capitalism and corporations and put dollar values on nature. We should destroy the hell out of capitalism and its destructive rain.

We have a new religion, and it’s called technology. Technology is the most deceptive sort of religion, because it purports itself as mere machine, mere mathematical logic incarnate. But if that were so, surely we would think more about which of these lifeless machines are good for us and which are not?

We don’t. We march foward, inventing everything and anything. Go to Apple’s website, and look at their products. They look like altars. We worship technology and we teach children that it is all-good. We say that technology will provide the answers to any question and the solutions to any problem. It’s omnipotent. Just take a look at any school curriculum.

I once read a truly horrible statement from an even more horrible book called, ‘Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming’. The preface written by Mitchel Resnick said:

In recent years, many researchers have rallied around computational thinking as a framework and motivation for computer science education, arguing that computational concepts can serve as a foundation for understanding all types of processes and systems in the world.

Yes, computers can help us understand systems from a cold, intellectual level of superiority and human supremacy. No, computers cannot help us understand the preciousness of life on an emotional level. This is the life that we are killing.

Killing. We are killing life for technology. We pollute and produce and pollute some more. We condemn genocide in war but we all participate in the genocide of millions of nonhuman life forms. Every time a new drug is developed, it’s tested on animals and those animals are murdered afterwards.

Technology improves the standard of living. Tell that to the millions of people who die of pollution every year. Tell that to the people who have to migrate because of rising ocean levels. Technology will solve climate change. Deception. Without the technology of fossil fuels, we wouldn’t have climate change. We need more than technology but it’s our god. Now we’re dependent on it and instead of facing the horror of it, we praise it. We are prisoners and it feeds us.

We shift uneasily at the news of mass suicides, but are we any different? We are in disbelief at the burning of women accused to be witches, but we’re setting the world on fire right now every day for more technology.

We don’t respect life. It’s all around us and we pass it over without a thought so we can get home and watch a new series, which was made by technology that kills life. But we convince ourselves that we are enlightened. We are the chosen ones. We know everything and technology is our god.

There are many extremely difficult social problems we’ve got in fighting against consumerism and the technological world. I plan to write about some of these soon. Here is a list of some of the most pressing, which are focused on potential roadblocks to revolutionary change to transform industrial society into something more sustainable:

  1. Modern industrial society provides improved survival for many. Therefore, the people whose pain is reduced by technological society will fight to protect it. Of course, industrial society kills millions as well (diseases caused by pollution, car accidents), and causes mental health dysfunctions, but these people don’t fight against the system because the system has already won against them.
  2. Furthering modern industrial society is required for most forms of living. Living independently of the system is getting very hard because more and more land is appropriated as private property. Of course, you can live somewhat independently and off-grid on private property that you buy, but you must contribute to the furthering of industrialism and consumerism to do so.
  3. Modern industrial society indoctrinates children at a young age to believe all their life that it is a good place, and that even though we have problems, technology is the solution. Of course, new technology is also a method to sustain the essentially Ponzi-scheme of economic growth on a finite planet but we never tell children that. Therefore, most people are brainwashed.
  4. The technological society we created is self-healing. If you try to change it, it response by healing itself and making itself stronger. Writing about it, even from a critical viewpoint, often strengthens it at least in the short term because it provides an outlet for the dissatisfied. Trying to damage it physically results in even more technology and measures put in place to make people feel more safe.
  5. The power to shape society is in the hands of those who love economic growth and depend on it for their personal empires. These are people such as tech company CEOs and board members, very rich people, and other parasites of the earth. Of course, they don’t really actively control anything, but are merely human vessels that house the interests of technological society. Because we think they are in control, we have yet another outlet in which we can blow off steam and frustration.
  6. Human instincts to collect information and objects are strong, and thus technological development is often the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, these instincts now are maladaptive but we still follow them because they are strong. How can we restructure society and induce mass realization at our maladaptive instincts.
  7. Short-term gains, long-term damage. Any small act we do that furthers the industrial system results also in large, personal gains. The collective damage moves slowly and is difficult to see, and therefore people don’t see it because we are quite limited in sensing such long-term damage that really has no precedent in history.

I may add to this list in the future if I can think of more distinct problems, and I may write about some of them in my newsletter. Be sure to subscribe to it so you don’t miss updates. It’s completely free and you get my analyses right in your inbox. Although I dislike technology, it is the only way for now to try and get this message out.

I was thinking that many people focus on direction when it comes to climate change. By this I mean that the focus is too much on what we are doing now, and how we should change it. For example, we are outputting this much carbon into the atmosphere. Next year, let’s output less and find ways to do it.

Yes, this is necessary but it is far from sufficient because strategies to change rarely focus on momentum, or why we are heading in this direction in the first place. You know, I recently took a look at rental prices in my home country of Canada, and they’re quite high. Even cheap cities are approaching $2000 Canadian dollars for a small apartment. When I lived there a few years ago, $2000 would be enough to rent a nice house.

What this says is this: the cost of living is still going up. In order to afford this cost, people need to work harder and the only reason why this entire system works is because we are pushing “the economy” forward. This push forward is entirely based upon consumerism, because aside from some special cases, we already have everything we need. Therefore, we are all trying to convince everyone else that all this “new stuff” that we are doing is really making life better, when in reality it is making life worse because it is based upon an unsustainable economy.

Therefore, although we can do things here and there to slow our climate destruction, and doing so is great, the economic signs point to an ever increasing spiral where we are seeping forward through the cracks of sanity, scorching and dissolving everything in our path.

We are headed towards annihilation. People who have some sense of this fall into two categories: either they are too poor or powerless to do anything about it, or they have enough money to escape into nature preserves or other nice places that safely ignore the forseeable future. In reality, we are locked into a direction through our massive momentum to bring up the economy. It is the global economy that is the problem, and as long as it exists, we will have a serious problem because everyone can only exist within it by pushing the system farther up.

For example, if I wanted to move back to Canada, the only possibility would be to further grease the wheels of consumerism in some way. “Go into the woods” you might say. But it is getting increasingly hard to find a place where one can subsist on the wild earth independently. More land is being converted to residential land, which really equates to “land with a house” that requires large sums of money to purchase—money of such quantity that it would be hard to obtain it without contributing significant effort to pushing up the economy.

One of the cheapest alternatives is to buy a tiny house or trailer and set it up off-grid, but one of the main problems is to find land. Although it is possible, there are fewer and fewer places where this is allowed. Of course, there are possibilities, but if it were sufficiently easy, more and more people would do it and eventually there’d be a critical mass of people to do it.

This critical mass would be extremely irritating to property owners and investors who want the price of houses to go up as fast as possible. Since they have most of the money, they would influence laws to make alternative, cheap lifestyles harder. It would also be irritating to big business, who are the most powerful of all, and they will do anything to prevent their empire to fall.

From this discussion, we come to the inevitable conclusion that the world will have a very hard time changing. If we are to have any chance of changing it, we need to fight the foundation of the system at every turn: find ways to make it easier to live sustainably without pushing the economic system higher. Trade instead of buy, buy locally instead of internationally, work less, etc. But even then, we will have a huge fight on our hands because the entire system is kept going by people with immense power who want even more power. Still, it’s something of a chess game: there is intricacy but it only takes one mistake by our opponent, and maybe, just maybe, we can create something new.

I have been thinking a lot about definition overloading and how the flexibility of language can actually lead to serious misunderstandings of our own human nature and the force of humanity.

I already wrote one article on the nature of sharing, which I invite you to take a look at. As I explore this new concept and how it may lead to a new understanding of how humanity can more forward from the rotting half-dead corpse of brain-dead consumerism powered by ravaging our fragile common ecosystem, I invite you to make comments and send me any letters so that we can discuss this important theme together.

This is an evolving list of how I plan to reduce my technology usage in the next few years:

  1. Reduce Internet usage. Ideally, three days per week maximum and at most 2 hours per day.
  2. Get rid of smartphones, which might be impossible. However, I already use mine very little: maybe 1 hour of usage per week.
  3. Write more on paper, and use the screen for near-final drafts
  4. More to come…

This is an evolving list. The ultimate goal isn’t just an arbitrary reduction of technology, but to have more time to appreciate the world unencumbered by technology. I’ve had quite a lot of time to do that and I realize that technology removes a lot of the joy that comes with being human. Moreover, any excitement that comes from technology is less about creating true joy and more about playing upon our human instincts for information acquisition, which is a very different thing (refined sugar tastes good but is bad).

I’ll update this list more as I go on. I also encourage you to subscribe to my newsletter, which is online for now but my goal is to eventually take it offline and send paper copies, assuming enough people are willing to pay a subscription to pay for postage.

It’s true that it’s hard to function in modern society without technology, especially in 2024, and I wouldn’t expect most people to be able to do that. But we can certainly lessen our use of technology. Here are eleven ways to disconnect from modern technology!

1. Take an internet-free day

Take one day a week where you don’t use the internet. Often weekends are good, but it can be any day. On that day, unplug your router, turn off your phone’s data, and just don’t use the internet at all.

By taking a day from the internet, you will clense your mind from global input and rest from the assault of the internet.

2. Write on paper

Do you need to write something? If so, take some time to write it on paper. If you’re a writer, then sit down with that pen and paper!

Writing on paper will help you disconnect from the screen and you’ll get a better connection with what you are writing if you put it down with your own hands instead of pressing plastic buttons.

3. Delete some online accounts

If you have some social media accounts like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or others, decide whether you really need it. Chances are, you can delete one of them. Recently for example, I’ve deleted LinkedIn and it was a great experience. Believe it or not, there are other ways to find jobs!

Social media is controlled by large tech companies who don’t have your best interest in mind, and who want to use you to power their websites so they can accrue huge amounts of profit. Starve them of a little money and get off those networks!

4. Delete some apps on your phone

Do you use a smartphone? I do, but rarely. Chances are, there are some apps on it that entice you to use your phone more often. So, go through those apps and delete as many as you can.

Apps are often a way for companies to grab your attention so that you participate on their networks. Because phones have special notification systems built in that are harder to turn off, they are easier to engage with.

Make it fun! If you have a friend or partner, have a game to see who can delete the most apps!

5. Spend some time outdoors

One of the best strategies to disconnect from modern technology is to spend time outdoors! Get a pair of binoculars and observe some animals or just enjoy the sunset.

The natural world is fundamental for the health of the soul, and being out in nature is one of the best ways to disconnect from modern technology. Make sure you leave your phone at home!

6. Meet a friend in person

Meeting people in person is another way to experience being human instead of being a cog in the machine. Find an activity to do together like eating a meal or going for a walk that doesn’t involve technology.

Avoid activities like watching a movie together or other activities that depend too much on technology. Make sure it’s an activity where you can talk directly without a lot of technology around.

7. Read a paper book

If you’re looking for something to do, forget about Netflix or other online abysses. Instead, take out a paper book and read it. If you don’t have a paper book, go to your local library if you have one, or borrow one from a friend!

By reading a book, you’ll be able to experience some good old-fashioned entertainment or learning without the input of a screen. Don’t forget to put your phone on silent mode! (Ideally, your phone should be on silent all the time.)

8. Wash a few clothes by hand

Even the washing machine is technology, which is why I recommend washing some clothes by hand. It’s actually not so hard: get a bucket, put your clothes in it with a little soap, and scrub them for ten minutes.

Of course, not everyone has time to wash all their clothes by hand. But if you take half an hour to wash just a few items by hand, you will experience a direct connection with the washing process. The convenience and lack of connection that comes with a washing machine is also an influence of technology that makes you forget about the natural processes that help keep things clean.

9. Eat less processed food

Whenever you can, eat things that are less processed. Processed foods include refined flour products, candies and sweets, soft drinks, premade meals, etc. Instead, go for things like fruits, vegetables, potatoes, eggs, and other foods that are close to the source.

Processed foods have a variety of problems. They often contain too much salt, too much white flour, and too many preservatives.

However, processed foods pose another problem: they are nothing like what comes from the earth. By eating foods that are more directly from the source like apples and oranges, you will gain a better appreciation for what the earth produces instead of what factories produce.

10. Buy less stuff

Buy less clothes and less entertainment. These products are designed to be like drugs to ameliorate the misery of being entrenched in technology. But by buying less, you will reduce consumerism.

This especially applies to stuff from large corporations. Try and avoid large corporations as much as possible. Find ways to reuse your older clothes and just wear older stuff. It’s ridiculous to always be wearing new cheap stuff manufactured in sweatshops anyway.

I’ve personally made a commitment not to buy any new clothes for five years, with the exception of footwear since I haven’t found a way around that yet.

11. Find other people who are wary of technology

Find other people who are wary of technology and start on reducing technology in a group. It’s always easier to embark on such journeys with support. Therefore, I suggest you find a few people who are tired of the high-tech life and find new an interesting ways to get rid of as much technology as possible!

That’s all for now! If you have any tips, I’d like to hear them in the comments!

In modern society, our actions can have multiple functions that may not be readily apparent. For example, people who speak out against the system might think their actions are changing things for the better, but such individuals may also have the function of allowing dissatisfied people to blow off the steam from frustration of living in such a complex society.

It is true that in all societies, actions may have multiple effects, but in simpler societies, such effects are relatively simple.

But in a global consumerist society, our actions and the ultimate purpose of them is much more subtle. In fact, as the clarity of individual thought and perception degrades, the cohesiveness of the modern consumerist machine (or the technological organism) just increases.

What is the technological organism? It is the collection of human beings merged with technology in the modern world, and it behaves much like any other organism. There is an inverse relationship between the autonomy and clarity of thought of the individual and the health of the technological organism.

Another example is the leftist pursuit of equality and equity policies. Ostensibly, the goal here is to achieve equality and equal representation for everyone, but we can also see that they are a goal to integrate everyone equally in the prison of technological production. Of course, I do think that everyone should be treated equally, at least in the sense of having equal basic freedoms, though I don’t agree with equity policies.

Nonetheless, the pursuit of equality as it is typically done by the so-called left is one which is primarily aimed at encouraging everyone to be equally trapped within modern technology, which is making the entire planet worse.

There are hundreds of actions that could be viewed in multiple ways. Even conservation can help the progression of the technological stranglehold. That is because it gives people a way to experience nature in a highly constricted way to satisfy their basic urge to see and connect with nature. In reality, it just distracts us from the incredible violence we use to destroy the entire planet for our own use.

That does not mean we shouldn’t conserve. But we should also understand that conservation is a compromise that gives people temporary relief from having to live in this twisted world of disrespect for nature. We need to make the compromise, but for people who truly care about wildlife and being harmonious with nature, mere conservation of tiny portions of land cannot be a complete solution to oppose the incredible violence of industrial society.

In conclusion, we should never forget that our actions to improve things within industrial society is mainly optimizing industrial society, and using technology to ameliorate the unnatural state we are in.