Dark Matter wrote: ↑
June 15th, 2018, 12:51 am
Greta wrote: ↑
June 14th, 2018, 11:26 pm
... our internal processes are, well, internal ...
Are they? How do you know?
In a nutshell: Nagel.
BTW, your recommended author, Rollo, had this to say:
“Another root of our malady is our loss of the sense of the worth and dignity of the human being. Nietzsche predicted this when he pointed out that the individual was being swallowed up in the herd, and that we were living by a “slave-morality.” Marx also predicted it when he proclaimed that modern man was being “de-humanized,” and Kafka showed in his amazing stories how people literally can lose their identity as persons.”
This is something that you and the Weil fan talk about much, and generally attribute the problems of dehumanisation to "secularism". Yet, the objections are being raised by ostensible atheists, or at least agnostics.
The problem is, in fact, population. We humans tend to have an idealistic sense that we should be able to live harmoniously in ridiculously huge groups when we are simply not evolved to cope with that level of complexity with so many shared dependencies and conflicts of interest. The happiest and most cohesive societies in the world are thus smallish nations with only a few million people. The nations are small enough that individuals semm to matter at least a little bit to each other.
The "out of control" rate of technological advancement is also a result of population. Progress is a genius-by-genius process, as they say, and the law of averages means that more people equals more geniuses. What we need is fewer people but no one is going to volunteer to be the sacrificial bunnies. So events are going to continue to build and become nasty until some thresholds are reached, systems break down, and people die. Meanwhile, people will continue to misguidedly, and mischievously, blame their ideological enemies for what is essentially a natural process.