The technology enables us to do more. But our goal really should be to do less. The extent of what we’re able to do has complexified our social existence as well as being disruptive of ecological balances.
Our society has a fetish about innovation. And the idea that innovation is disruptive somehow has been made into a virtue.
For example, regarding the consequences of the introduction of the snowmobile into traditional Lapp society: “Given the technology’s advantages for the first adopters (who tended to be wealthier and younger than the average), complete adoption was impossible to prevent. So today, the reindeer-centered culture of the Skolt Lapps has been severely disrupted.”
Here’s what Paul Goodman said:
“Innovate in order to simplify … otherwise as sparingly as possible.”