According to Hesiod, as human-beings acquire more technology, their morals and values become less relevant (as described in the 5 Ages of Man). Thus, he believed that human behaviour will eventually destroy humanity.
What are your views on Hesiod’s belief? 🙂
My feelings are conflicted, but I can understand where he is coming from.
The obvious positive impacts of technology are the medical advances stemming from research and new-found discoveries to fight illnesses (and improve the wellbeing of mankind), as well as the ability to locate and prosecute criminals using DNA testing.
In contrast, we’ve experienced a decline in manual labour due to automations (i.e. robotic-machinery in car factories), as well as a decline in face-to-face communication (i.e. less counter-services, not being ‘neighbourly’). The art of communication has been abbreviated to the point of acronyms; in that children, adolescents, and adults have become dependent on ‘spell-check’. Many peoples’ connection to society is through social media; which can be debilitating when developing human rapport, such as humility and value (that extends beyond $$$).
In other words, I believe the way that technology is ‘destroying humanity’ is that it is creating a society that is complacent and does not recognize its dependency on technological devices (perhaps to the point where some cannot live without them).
So… does this mean we’ve reached a point where ‘human instinct has become extinct’?
Was this one of Hesiod’s concerns?