1Joe Final, Paper #6
“A Mix of Poison and Food is Still Deadly”
Looking back upon the history of achievements and innovations of Man, nearly all of his
existence has been utterly stagnant.
Thousands of years ago, the life of a human remained
relatively unchanged for centuries on end.
In the last two hundred years, however, mankind has
begun to change; innovation and invention became more ideal as living conditions grew less
In the last century, man came to grips with the changes and ideas these new innovations
can bring, and their impact upon old traditions and cultures.
New technology and old traditions
brought the world into a new type of warfare: A World War.
And not only one, but two of them.
In Alexander Stille’s “The Ganges’ Next Life,” he discusses the mix of old traditions and new
education from technology in a Hindu hydraulic engineer.
This man bathes daily in a river, the
Ganges, according to his old Hindu beliefs, which he knows to be horribly polluted and
disgusting according to his education.
Like this man, technology is creating conflict within those
Technology is sweeping the world at an amazing pace, and often faster than societies
are ready for it.
In “Global Realization” by Eric Schlosser, he shows the sweeping effects of
globalization and technology upon society and culture, and oftentimes, the conflict it creates with
societies not ready to let go of old, outdated traditions.
Old traditions limit the scope and ability
of technology, forcing it to be used in cumbersome ways, which detriment both the user and
people around him.
The conflict this creates, much like the conflict between religion and
science, can sometimes turn hostile, as people resist change, and turn to the leading destroyer of
old culture and traditions: Technological globalization.
In Mary Kaldor’s “Beyond Militarism,