Difficult problems in trying to stop consumerism and technology

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.

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