Those who warn that we need to get off our addiction to oil or other fossil fuels have good intentions but are overlooking a deeper problem. Modern society (and the middle class) needs enormous amounts of cheap energy to maintain the status quo. We have become so dependent on technology that we have to keep creating more electrical power to run it all.
Unless a new source for creating eco-friendly energy on a large scale is created, modern society will change beyond recognition. We will no longer be able to count on having two cats in the yard, two cars in the garage and two chickens in the pot. Some people already believe a paradigm change is happening.
But people don’t want to live like Ewoks from the Star Wars movie.
Those who place their hopes in the notion that some new technological advance will save us are not taking into account the eco-problems facing the best new alternative directions. Environmentalists fear that having large tracts of solar panels will threaten plant and animal species in the area. Windmills kill birds. Toxic batteries will clutter our landfills. And even after cleaning up our carbon footprints, we will have to worry about the susceptibility of the grid system to solar flares.
There is also a spiritual side to this issue.
Technology is making life easier but not necessarily better. Some observers feel that people are becoming less human and more like Cyborgs.
Here is an idea.
Since we will never invent a technology more advanced than the human brain, perhaps that is what needs to be ultimately developed. Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff declared that humans are only scratching the surface of their mental potential and that there are distinct levels of mind that are not available to most people. Proof that the human brain is capable of performing miraculous feats is currently displayed by individuals called savants. They display superhuman memories or possess superior mathematical or music abilities.
Telepathy and astral projection may be the intended trajectories of human evolution (and the ultimate alternative energy). Such development is thwarted by humankind’s outward need for increased mechanical technologies. We need to grasp that our technology is advancing—not us!
I suspect most people will deny such a new possibility and won’t bother acquiring it if it takes more than an “off” and “on” switch.
The only way to solve this problem is to convince people that developing spiritual or inner powers is both possible and personally profitable. Individuals will have to appear on the scene who have developed such powers and can make these powers and their benefits viscerally apparent to others.
But without spiritual wisdom and conscience, humans may be tempted to spoil these noble energies as well. So maybe, highly developed individuals will go about their business in secretive and unassuming ways.