Many of the dominant values shaping our present society are medieval. The idea that we live in an enlightened age, or an age of reason, has little basis in fact. We are overwhelmed with valid information concerning ourselves and our planet, but we have no inkling of how to apply it. Most of our customs and modes of behavior have been handed down to us from the Dark Ages.That is a quote from Jacque Fresco, from his book 'The Best That Money Can't Buy,' and which I am currently reading. The book itself is an interesting read and it's written in the same tone/depth you would expect from Fresco, especially if you ever saw an interview on television or YouTube about the man. Quite refreshing actually, but that's not what I really want to write about.
Fresco's remark, that we still carry the legacy of the Dark Ages, is something that rings true to me. In fact, I've often thought to myself that we live in the aftermath of medieval times and that we are not quite out of it yet. The Age of Aquarius or Age of Enlightenment, whatever you want to call it, hasn't started yet. Technology certainly has undergone rapid development the last 100 to 200 years. The problem lies in the realization that our hearts and minds have not and are lagging behind. Many socio-economic reasons are at the foundation of our current global predicament. It's also a certainty that with new technological discoveries old ways are challenged. Maybe we are currently even experiencing 'growth pains' on a global scale.
The Venus Project offers a realistic alternative in my opinion. We simply let technology work for us, we let it in a way free us so that we have all the time in the world to explore the world but also ourselves. Without having read the entire book I already recommend it to others. I'll do more on Fresco's book in time to come.