Originally posted by Moral Hazard
Just like in Civilization the further we go in technology the greater the cost. Of course also like Civilization our increased wealth helps us pay for these increased costs.
The question is what happens when the costs outweigh the benefits we will receive? Will society scale back on technological investments? Or will we like in medical continue to throw dollars away to prolong death. (Terry Schaivo, of course)
Any way I was reading a biography of Jefferson^1 and the author mentioned that at that time Americans, especially Jefferson viewed the west as unlimited, in the same way many of us view technology.
I was also struck by the general thinking of the time, instead of looking to the future, people looked to the past. Imaginary in the case of Jefferson, who followed the Whig historians in believing that in the begining of England, Anglo-Saxon farmers were a free and utopian society. Also that the American revolution was not a step forward, but a step to restore the proper order. The French revolution also started in the same manner, at least according Schama (Citizens).
So the question is without the vast changes technology is bringing would we also look to the past, and not be forward looking. Also as asked previously what happens when the costs outweigh the benefits we will receive? Will that ever happen?
^1 American Sphinx, good book, not recommended if you haven't read anything previously about Jefferson as it skips large portions of his life.