- the unrealistic belief in or pursuit of perfection. “the idealism of youth” synonyms: utopianism, wishful thinking, romanticism, fantasizing, quixotism, daydreaming, impracticability." - Online Dictionary
Practical necessity is an instance of hypothetical or suppositional necessity: “that without which some good will not be obtained or some evil averted.” - Online Dictionary
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
Sometimes we can sit still and just be in the way - even with a smile on our face - with the best of intentions (a well-wisher to all).
In order to make meaningful changes in our current suicidal course of development we will (need) to think deeply and (act) responsibly and not continue with ‘business as usual’ - just ignore the elephant in the room!
“Values and complexity are focused more and more on prioritizing exponential financial growth, led by for-profit corporate entities that have gained autonomy, rights, power, and nearly unregulated societal influence. The behavior of these entities are akin to cancers. Healthy cells regulate their growth and respond to their surroundings, even eliminating themselves if they wander into an organ where they don’t belong. Cancerous cells, on the other hand, optimize for unconstrained growth and spread with disregard to their function or context.” - Joichi Ito
We will need to understand how we operate ‘collectively’ from the ground up and encourage any efforts that we can make - on every level - to effect change.
From the link: “when human atoms are knit into an organization in which they are used, not in their full right as responsible human beings.”
As Buddhists we are required to reflect on - and embody - ‘right livelihood’ and act responsibly and not just knit into an organisation and be used - or use others - like mindless cogs in a machine.
“Technological somnambulism is a concept used when talking about the philosophy of technology. The term was used by Langdon Winner in his essay Technology as forms of life. Winner puts forth the idea that we are simply in a state of sleepwalking in our mediations with technology. This sleepwalking is caused by a number of factors. One of the primary causes is the way we view technology as tools, something that can be put down and picked up again. Because of this view of objects as something [we believe] we can easily separate ourselves from […] we fail to look at the long term implications of using that object. A second factor is the separation of those who make the technology and those who use the technology. This division causes there to be little thought and research going into the effects of using/developing that technology. The third and most important idea is the way in which technology seems to create new worlds in which we live. These worlds are created by the restructuring of the common and seemingly everyday things around us. In most situations the changes take place with little attention or care from us because we are more focused on the menial aspects of the technology (Winner 105-107).” - Wikipedia
Instead of merely fitting-into a situation that provides us with our needs and wants and, merely adapting to whatever comes next. I get the impression that this article is encouraging more concern about the kinds of worlds we co-create through indifference or conscious participation.
“If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space.” - Stephen Hunt