Originally posted by rwingett
You'll be like Charleton Heston in [b]The Omega Man, holed up in your impenetrable bunker, listening to classical music as the glorious world you created collapses in upon itself around you.[/b]
If humanity did not develop agriculture, and every other advance that comes from living in civilisation
and not in tiny tribes, we would/will not develop the technology to leave this tiny death trap of a rock
we live on, and would at some, not to distant point, go extinct.
As the point of all life from an evolutionary standpoint is to survive and pass on your genes to the next
generation, this would be a failure.
Also as the only other point of life I can see is to enjoy it, I like that I live in a society where every waking
moment isn't taken up with the hard struggle of staying alive.
Where I don't have to worry about freezing to death over night.
Where I don't have permanent tooth ache because toothpaste and dental floss haven't been invented.
Where I have a life expectancy of 80 (and improving) not 40.
Where 50% of people die before reaching adulthood, and many mothers die in childbirth.
People who think civilisation is bad have a ridiculously over romanticised view of what life looks like without it.
Sure, we have man made problems we can and should be fixing.
But life is so vastly better in the modern world than in the hunter gatherer days of yore, that I think people
who bemoan the advent of civilisation are ridiculous.
Also as you point out, the decision is irreversible, and we should move forward from here, which requires more
technology and more civilisation.
The city [designed well] is the most environmentally friendly way for people to live.
EDIT: And no I wont be like Charleton Heston in The Omega Man
I didn't create the world as it is, and I don't support (in fact actively oppose) the things that are wrong with it.
People get caught up on the things that are wrong while completely missing the vast number of things that are
The purpose of life is to enjoy it, and civilisation makes that a lot more possible than it was before.
This doesn't mean of course that everyone does enjoy life to the fullest...
Often times (though not always by any stretch) it's because they view life as the waiting room to the eternal
afterlife their fictional god has promised them.