12/29/04 08:27 pm - cat_the_knife - Birth Through Dying
I am of the mind that all things tend to cycle and dance in circles. I am of the understanding that I am not alone in this thought. So.... the thought in my sky tonight is this. If all things cycle, then that would mean that eventually, at some unmarkable point, progress would have to double back on itself and become regression. Otherwise, how else would things get back to where they began in the cycle and from there cycle on?
Those of you who are part of my personal journal have probably heard me think out loud on the subjects of technology and scientific progress and what double-edged swords they really are. Modern medicine saves lives, yet through doing so, it also causes certain disease-causing genes to remain out there alive and well in the populous instead of letting them die out naturally as they would without. The internet gives us the opportunity to gain access to people and information sources and forums we wouldn't have without it, yet in many ways it causes us to lose touch more and more with the world around us if we're not careful. These are just a couple of examples... but I'm sure you get the point.
I worry though that with computers to do so much of our thinking for us, we do less and less of it for ourselves and risk growing dull as a species. Is this, however, a form of progress in itself? By progressing through to this grand scientific age are we causing ourselves to cycle back on ourselves and actually regress... closing the circle and completing the cycle? Maybe that's the natural way of things. Maybe it's destined to be that way and could be no other way. I would really love to hear your thoughts.