Rich Coon wrote:
> It seems to me that this is in fact much of the prob. at hand -- tech.
> has gotten out of control and what many of us are trying to do is
> figure out how to gain control once again before it is too late, not
> just for us but for the whole damn thing! i agree that we are more out
> of control regarding tech than in control, but unlike you i define the
John had written:
We humans like to think of technology as our toy, our plaything. We
assume we have complete control over it, and argue among ourselves how
to use it. We don't realize that we are the sorcerer's apprentice, and
Toy has slipped out of our control, and now rules the planet. *We* have
become *its* plaything.
I am just getting into the discussion for some reason I did not recieve
the previous e-mail but I have tried to read most of the postings to
It is difficult to bow to the technological world but as long as we
maintain the fantasy of control we cannot begin to change the impact
that tech. has on the planet.
I agree with John that we have become the sorcerer's apprentice and when
the apprentice tried to control the broom (at least in the Walt Disney
version) he was unable to control the forces that he had started in
motion. It wasn't until the sorcerer himself was called on to dispell
the forces that order was restored. He understood what had been started
in motion and was able to cooperate with those forces and use them
By bowing to the forces of civilization and technology, that is
acknowledging their power in our world we may then begin to understand
the forces that we have created. The act of bowing, at least from my
perspective, does not mean that we acknowledge that tech. is a god. We
are merely acknowledging the power of the forces that have been created.
Another practice that helps me with this is to envision or try to
envision the soul of technology. Robert Sardello has written about the
need for us to view the world of technology has having a soul. Perhaps a
first step in achieving a cooperative relationship rather than an