My response to a friend by e-mail---talking about technology:
On technology? I think that any technology that brings us together, and uses very little energy, is worth promoting. Computers, Laptops, Ipods, the Internet: all are worthy. As citizens, I think we need to be a bit more discriminatory of technology. The Luddites had it right. Large Scale Industrialism may well be the death of us as a species.
So, as a citizen, how do I promote the appropriate technology that is gentle on the Earth, enhances life, promotes community? We are going to need some factories. But I hope for a return to more artisanally produced products. As for our work life? It seems to me that most of us need to be in the service and agricultural sectors. We should make less stuff--and the stuff we do make should have a socially useful function.
Things we need more of:
Mom and Pop Restaurants.
Products that enhance information.
A 20 hour Workweek.
Agricultural Products other than the five subsidized by Government.
Dinner with friends and family.
Beer and Wine.
Medicare for all.
A Guaranteed Basic Income.
Things we need less of:
Most things made in a factory.
Anything put in a Container Ship.
Fast Food Restaurants.
Coal and Nuclear Power Plants.
Clothes made more than 500 miles away.
Corporations with more than 1,000 employees.
702 Foreign Military Bases.
Day Planning Books.
No Trespassing Signs.
Full Time Jobs.
Employer Health care.
Meals consumed in a car.
Pesticides and Oil Based Agriculture.
Paved Roads--especially Interstate Highways.
Two Buck Chuck.
Clear Cutting and Salvage Logging.
Hyatts and Hiltons.
Houses over 1000 Square Feet.
This would be a start of my list... And you? What would be on your list?