re: aspects of modernity, Q – if you had to pick one, what do you think is the most significant thing that changed the world to what we have today?
- trade travel transport (movement of people & goods)
- media communication
- money vs exchange, barter vs pay
- magic to science
- shamanism to medicine
- knight, warrior to war industry
- temple prostitute to ‘street walker’
- polytheism to monotheism
- nomad lifestyle to urban/sedentary
- cottage industry or farm (family labour) to factory or office (colleague labour)
- general skills to specialized labour
Of course they all have their role in how the earth has ‘moved on’ as Stephen King would say in the Dark Tower series, but if you had to pick the most significant change that has really defined us, what would that be?
And would you define these changes as a good thing, neutral, or changes that have forced loss we can’t likely get back? Is what we have now a good thing or is -this- the actual dystopian vision?
If we did wake to find the earth scorched beyond repair (climate change, nuclear winter), would that one change that defines modernity be something that could be kept? And how?
Feel free to answer
if you wish, but this is something that there may not be a right answer for. It’s meant as a philosophical posit. If you do answer, please say why you feel as you do.