Civilized to Death: What Was Lost on the Way to Modernity

Civilized to Death What Was Lost on the Way to Modernity Progress the basic illusion of our age is exhausted Kids typically no longer expect their lives to be better than their parents were Dystopian scenarios loom ever larger in public consciousness as f

  • Title: Civilized to Death: What Was Lost on the Way to Modernity
  • Author: ChristopherRyan
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  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • Progress, the basic illusion of our age, is exhausted Kids typically no longer expect their lives to be better than their parents were Dystopian scenarios loom ever larger in public consciousness as fisheries collapse, CO2 levels rise, and clouds of radioactive steam billow from fail safe nuclear plants that failed Despite the technological marvels of our age or perhProgress, the basic illusion of our age, is exhausted Kids typically no longer expect their lives to be better than their parents were Dystopian scenarios loom ever larger in public consciousness as fisheries collapse, CO2 levels rise, and clouds of radioactive steam billow from fail safe nuclear plants that failed Despite the technological marvels of our age or perhaps because of them these are dark days As comedian Louis C.K put it, Everything s amazing, but nobody s happy Even for the most fortunate among us, material abundance comes at a very high price Facebook is a hollow replacement for face time We produce food than ever, but hunger and malnutrition are standard in most of the world while the rest of us stuff ourselves quite literally to death Despair darkens ever lives as rates of clinical depression and suicide continue their grim climb in the developed world A third of all American children are obese or seriously overweight, and fifty four million of us are pre diabetic Pre schoolers represent the fastest growing market for anti depressants, while the rate of increase of depression among children is over twenty percent, according to a recent Harvard study Twenty four million American adults are thought to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder mostly attributable to the never ending wars that have become part of modern life for the swelling underclass with few other employment opportunities.It s common to wonder how an anthropologist from Mars would view our world or what sage advice an emissary from the future would bring back But how would a time traveler from our prehistoric past assess the lives we lead and the future prospects for the path we re on Such a visitor from 200 centuries ago would no doubt be impressed by much of what she found here But once her amazement at iPhones, air travel, and liver transplants subsided, what would she make of our daily lives Would she ultimately be impressed by our advances or dismayed by what we ve lost in our always accelerating rush toward the future With faith in the future melting like an overheated glacier even as contentment with the present evaporates, it s high time for a sober reassessment of the past Ten thousand years since turning from the ancient path our ancestors trod forever, it s time for a scientifically informed, multidisciplinary look at the effects of this fateful divergence It s time to ask what may be the most subversive question of all Are modern humans, even the most fortunate among us, living significantly better lives than our pre civilized ancestors Taken as a whole, is civilization a net gain for individual human beings

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