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My thoughts on an article I read " The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization" By Spencer Wells.

Submitted: August 14, 2011

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Submitted: August 14, 2011






Pandora’s Seed- The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization

By: Spencer Wells 6/7/2010




This article brought up many good points on the way society is in twenty first century.  He offers thoughts on how as we progress in civilization we are harming ourselves and others from different areas of the world.  Mr. Wells touched on topics of technology, science, poverty, random acts of violence, new found health topics and the dependency of modern technology.


He speaks of the topics above and how they have had an impact on the way we live in in modern civilization.  In our generation there has been positive and negative changes in the world.  Positive being a drop in poverty in foreign countries which directly affects the decrease in poverty levels.  The great increase in violence in the world such as the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.  Also stressed was the high jump in technology in the past few years. i.e. Google, cell phones, texting, instant messaging, Facebook all the way to green energy that is used in automobiles and weekly recycling.  All of them being things that we depend on, on a daily basis.  Then on the other side he talked about health epidemics such as obesity and the growing of new illness’ in the world today.


Spencer Wells wrote this article with a lot of thought put into it.  Backed by extensive research and travel to various areas of world.  His general target audience I believe would be the mid 20’s to early 40’s.  Aiming it at the generation that can make the most difference and pass it to their children. 


In my opinion the bulk of everything that is happening in today’s society is directly affected by the way we live on a daily basis.  For everything that is happening today there is good and bad thoughts directly or indirectly correlated to them.  Such as the huge growth of technology in the past decade.  Positive is that we always are in the loop but the negative is that we are always in the loop.  It has been said that we don’t know how to communicate anymore because devices do it for us.  Human interaction is a thing of the past it seems sometimes.  Also with the invention of the internet we know of things 20 seconds after they happen.  Saying that maybe more bad things are not happening, but we know of them faster.  An example of this would be the tsunami in Japan of this last year. Within hours there was pictures and videos all over the internet. 


Obesity as he put it was a western civilization disease that has spread all over the world.  Putting the blame on one part of the world is absurd.  I think the outbreak of obesity in the past 50 years is because of the lack of time and the convenience of fast food and other services aiming at that market.  In the last few years there has been an enormous amount of emphasis put on healthy eating and portion size.  With the increase of new ailments such as ADD, depression and anxiety.  These are not new things it is just being pressed by the pharmaceutical companies to sell their medicine.  A lot of the time the side effects are worse than the actual problem.  


It has been said that we as a society could not survive without the conveniences of modern technology.  I strongly disagree as it would take us back to a simpler era.  My favorite part of this article was the last exerpt where he states that the greatest invention of modern society was not that of technology but that of 10,000 years ago and the dawn of agriculture.  With out this modern living would have never been imagined.  It took small hunter and gatherer tribes and put them into what we know as a community.  

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