Usually, we end our day either by posting an Instagram story or a chat. And keep feeding our gadgets periodically with 440-volt input of electric power to make them strong enough for a new assignment. Apparently, this is a story of each modern man. Yes, we are believed to be the most evolved species on earth designated as MODERN MAN, and referring to us as the superior animal will be a little disgraceful. We are not animals, who use four limbs to walk, we are humans, carrying an advanced cranial capacity, involved with many technological and scientific inventions. My idea behind this writing is not to target the human species or to evaluate human evolution but to question whether we including myself are consciously awake to understand our harmful contribution to the environment.
To answer this my strong belief will be that we all are “Great people with great minds”.It’s not an irony to say so because if connect it to the developments and more new ones are ready for disbursal, which supports our intellect strongly. However, our proximity to the technocentric approach has driven us away from naturalistic consciousness.
The story starts from the journey of human evolution biologically from neanderthals to sapiens including foragers to food producers, brain complexity intertwined with artificial intelligence, improvised social life, linguistic drift, and work on innovations.
This evolutionary paradigm shift provides me a stalwart context to visualize the shift of modern man from ecocentrism to technocentrism. Does it mean that evolution is a cause behind today’s environmental chaos? To this question, I have a lot of arguments to frame. If in favor of biological evolution and technological evolution to go inline “I will say, to an extent Yes” because an analogy can be built between a modified human DNA with its approach to control an environment technically. In support of this, biological evolution and technology evolution follow Darwinian theory which is believed that both show variation, adaptation, and retention. However, the difference lies in the direction, as technological developments are more behind the requirement of the market while genetically we change spontaneously and adjust ourselves.
If we both are modifying hand in hand then where are the lacunae which are making us lose our attributes and how come this transformation from ecocentrism to technocentrism is driven by the music of DNA. There is a possibility that the shift in our cranial capacity lost the basic requirements of behaving as humans we have started behaving as machines with no emotions. Though machines are useful to an extent, however, they consume a lot of resources and release pollutants, so are we also replicating the same by consuming resources and suffocating our environment with toxicity.” WE NEED TO CHANGE”, We are NOT MACHINES. We have evolved so need to think responsibly about our overconsumption. This is disturbing when we with shining modified DNA, which coats us and makes us glow as MODERN MAN then why have we stopped behaving like one?
In my viewpoint, we have attained saturation and reached an equilibrium attaining a new tipping point. The tipping point is the level of unstable equilibrium with high energy due to its present-day situation and when this situation appears the survival does not last for long and beyond this, the load cannot be handled. Therefore we are in urgent need of the negative feedback, which should operate the reverse cycle back to the energy of survival and sustainability. Hence the halt is needed at the level of saturation to break the detrimental consequences of supersaturation.