overground scene

back to basics
September 18, 2009, 2:42 pm
Filed under: death metal, people | Tags: , ,

I’ve been thinking the following amazing and totally ironic thing. Humankind’s primary worry has always been being able to feed themselves. The satisfaction of this foundamental need has been taken for granted, at least for the “western” world, since at least the first decade following the second world war. Once people managed to secure their feeding, and took food for granted, they went on to value other things more and more. So today if you ask someone what they would take with them on a deserted island, that would probably be “a laptop” or an “i pod”  instead of things that would secure their nutrition. With the great importance of technology in our lives, we now consider food of secondary importance.

Countries or regions specialised in agriculture are condemned to under-development because agricultural goods are not high value-added goods. We value bread and vegetables less than mp3s etc. so it takes increasingly more vegetables to afford an mp3 player. It makes sense. Also even countries with a comparative advantage in making computers can also have a comparative advantage vis a vis poor agricultural countries, because the former can substitute labour force with machines and genetically modified crops and produce even cheaper goods!

And here is the irony…! Almost two centuries of capitalism favoured technology which promised to people access to ample and cheap food necessary for their survival. At the same time though, tachnology has led to an unprecedented level of nature’s destruction. That compromises the primary human need, i.e. feeding! And ironically we are now forced to buy more and more expensive food (organic products) to satisfy out basic need, which is to feed without running the risk of dying from it (genetically modified products). All this technological progress is gradually making us realise that what’s important is “living” and not “earning”. It would be fun (and even more ironic) to see poor countries that remain agricultural prosper in the future, because of their capacity to (organicaly) produce what others have been taking for granted!

And I started thinking of these things after I picked the latest “Misery Index” album and read the first sentence on the lyric sheet…

“Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find money cannot be eaten.”- Cree Indian Prophecy

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