Human Civilization since ancient times has always been said to improve with technological advancement. Whether it be the discovery of fire or wheel each and every aspect of technology made human lives easier.
But what if the meaning of innovation changed with the changing times? What if the advancement in technology is no more meant to improve human lives but to widen a gap between two different sections of society?
Pertaining to the following reasons, Scroll Tribe has bought, we will leave it to you to decide whether rapid technological advancement is a necessity in present times or not.
The History Always Warns!
The age of colonization has always been a matter of great despair among people of the world, but what was the prime factor that led those countries to colonize others to such an extent?
Although the reasons could be their military might, the support they got from the Kings and the Queens, one of the major factors is the rapid technological advancement that gave them a huge advantage over other countries.
Let us go through the example of India and the United Kingdom.
The History Between The UK And India
While going through India’s history one would find out that she used to be a major exporter of textiles, medicines, and many more. The country produced hand-made goods of finer quality which enjoyed huge popularity among other countries.
When India was not yet colonized, people here used to be satisfied with their lot, and the nation used to be a country of prosperity. Even after having her resources robbed by invaders, it wasn’t until colonization by England that the foundation of the country was destroyed.
This was because the colonizers did not only rob India but also destroyed its market.
Rapid innovation led England to start making machine-based goods, the medicine industry moved from herbal nature to synthetic ones, all these were cheaper and had the same if not better characteristics than the Indian goods.
The result of this scenario was that the Indian goods did not only lose their international market but their native market too.
The above is a prime example where the technological advancement of one section led to the decline of the other.
The Story Doesn’t End Here
Whether it be the green revolution, the white revolution, history has always proved that tech advancement did nothing but widen the gap between rich and poor.
Although it wouldn’t be wrong to say that they didn’t help in improving civilian lives, the question is about whose lives have been improved. Let’s take the example of agriculture into account.
There are 2 types of farmers, one who own large acres of land and have workers working under them the other are small farmers owning small pieces of land to grow crops.
Take a scenario where a new discovery in the agricultural field happens. Who do you think would be able to reap the benefits of that discovery?
The already resourceful farmer or the small poor one?
You’ll have the answer in your mind if you give it a thought.
This is what is happening around us. Although it’s not completely wrong to say that innovation helps improve lives, the original fact is it only helps improve the lives of the ones who are already better off than others.
The Lost Meaning
Innovation is always done with the idea of making lives easier, it’s only when we go deep into the results of innovation do we realize that it was never the most essential aspect.
Although many might argue that it’s impossible to develop without technology, one can easily counter-question whether destroying others to improve oneself is worth it.
After the discovery in the above instance, one wouldn’t find it surprising if, after some time, the gap between the small and big farmers only widens.
What if the technology was made available to all equally? Or not made available at all?
Although we won’t have the answers to these questions soon, what we can conclude is that we need a perfect balance between the innovation of new technologies and the ongoing development of previous practices.
Learning From The Better
We all have the prime examples of rapid advancements of countries like China and Korea but one significant neighbor India fails to take into account is Bhutan.
It’s the only country in the world that has Gross National Happiness, that is the happiness index of the country is calculated by how happy the people of that country are and not on the GDP or economic circumstances of the country.
The only Buddhist country in the world, it has been able to preserve its cultural heritage without losing to other’s ideas of development.
The thing about technology is that it ingrains into the minds of people that we are only developed if we can stand together with the western countries’ scenarios but fail to recognize that development can come from improving oneself.
Bhutan has not let the negative aspects of globalization affect itself and rather preserve its resources without hindering the development of the lives of people.
While going through the situation of the country one would be happily surprised at how the tiny nation has become the epitome of the balance between the new and old practices.
The What Ifs We Need To Wonder
What if the idea of development was left on how satisfied with their lives people of a specific country are, rather than how rich they can become?
What if rather than spending millions generating higher speeds of the internet like 5g, we start using that money for a cleaner, hunger, and disease-free, green environment?
What if rather than trying to find if life is suitable on Mars, we make Earth better than it is?
What if rather than crying one day about our negligence, we recognize the need of the hour and straighten our priorities?
Yes, many would counteract that technology only helps in making lives easier and it has improved infinite lives but while considering the poor who have no food to eat and no shelter to take home in, what can fast internet, advanced cars, and other high-end technological devices do for them?
Just like 200 years ago, when the technological advancement in the UK led countries like India to fall into despair, the phenomenon has always continued, just the people have changed.
We at Scroll Tribe think that the millions spent on making weapons that destroy lives can be used to make a happy world.