Monday, March 28, 2016

Patterns of the Past V2

Patterns of the Past

Claim: The patterns of the past don’t change, but the mediums do.
“All forms of government eventually destroy themselves by carrying their basic principles to excess.”
The atomic bomb – the War on Terror
Computers and cursive/handwriting
Roman downfall and America
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.  Let us not seek to fix blame for the past, but let us accept our own responsibility for the future."  
Michael: History repeats itself more rapidly as communication technology develops.  Is society spiraling out of control as it advances?
We study history so we can avoid mistakes that were made in the past.  In our Digital Age, learning about history has never been easier - through online databases and encyclopedias, we literally have the world at our fingertips - and yet most people know as little about it as their parents and their grandparents do.  My thesis is that in a world in which historical events repeat themselves, we must use the modern conveniences available to us learn from the past and take responsibility for our future.

In his 2014 book Sustainable Civilization, Klaas Van Egmond wrote: "Throughout... history, developments have continued to lose their equilibrium... One-sided values start to dominate, after which society loses continuity and heads for catastrophe. Through a primitive learning process, the one-sided values are translated into their equally one-sided opposites, after which history repeats itself just as dramatically. In a drunk-like state, people and society wander backwards and forwards through their own value pattern."  Klaas' main point is that "developments can only continue if a certain middle way is found between fundamental opposites within that social value pattern."

Nathan: We’re constantly searching for meaning in social media, but do we even know what we are looking for?
We spend hours scrolling, liking, and envying other people on social media. We claim to get on instagram, snapchat, or facebook with a purpose, but do we end up accomplishing our purpose? Did we even have one in the first place? These social media platforms are enticing, but they are really causing us to lose purpose in life.
Back at the start of World War I, a similar phenomenon occurred. The war led the Lost Generation to lose their purpose in this life. They obviously were not physically lost, but their minds were. They were wandering aimlessly through the world with no purpose. Eventually this led to a period of war and technological advancement led to the great depression.
We say we are advancing in technology and it is making us smarter. There is more information available to us than ever before. This is what they thought when the printing press and radio broadcasts came out. I submit that we are ever learning and never really learning knowledge or truth. We are just continually losing ourselves as patterned in history. Today the medium is social media, back then it was World War I.

Jonah: Man's greatest capability is to make improvements on himself through technology. With highly developed brains and opposable thumbs, we can create almost anything we imagine. We may not win in a fair fight with a lion, but a lion can't make itself a bow and arrow. We may not be able to fly like a bird, but we can create planes and helicopters. We can't breathe while under water but we can make tanks of air to bring down with us. That is why humans have dominion over the Earth. What are we without these innovations though? It is important to remember that without innovation we are vulnerable.


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  3. I liked the use of the book vs. Siri to show the cyclic nature of History. I think that if you focus more on this main claim in the video it will really help a lot.