Technology and Values LO11652
Sat, 4 Jan 1997 11:43:47 -0500

Replying to LO11642 --

Hager says,

>> Technology has helped us humans to discover more and learn more about the
>> universe (life on Mars), our planet and even about ourselves. Technology
>> cannot be associated to values simply because, IMHO, we would be comparing
>> apples and oranges. One can always choose what values to keep or reject,
>> because one has some control over one's life and can always choose what
>> path to follow. Technology on the other hand cannot be stopped because the
>> human mind is constantly looking for ways to improve one's life and make
>> it easier. It is creation and imagination that leads the mind to find
>> other ways to have power or to communicate with someone.

Technology and values, apples and oranges? Yes, quite right. But their
both part of an ecosystem that constantly works towards balance. And so my
position is that we need to balance technology and values because their
both part of our social ecosystem. And like the physical ecosystem, our
social ecosystem must constantly work toward balance.

I am not opposed to technological progression; what I'm concerned about,
however, is technological progression without moral advancement.

Rol observed recently that even on this list we find it difficult to find
common values. Admittedly this is bewildering, especially since it seems
to me that at least a majority of us value learning. But, perhaps, there
is a certain type of check-and-balance in the diverse moral beliefs that
exist around the world. At the same time, however, I cannot help but feel
that this diversity also divides us and keeps us from working together
effectively as a global community.


Benjamin B. Compton

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