“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.”

–G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
English author & mystery novelist (1874 – 1936)

Worship of the Future (ala H.G. Wells, Star Trek and Star Wars, Ray Kurzwell, Google R&D etc.) has long been a more or less unconscious American concession that things are not alright with us. Sherry Turkle and Roger Scruton, among others, tell why change for change’s sake and futurism also make for grave human loss, especially when based on incessant precarious technology on route to Technocracy.

To forfeit organic development in continuity with the past is something of a spiritual crime, showing a society being engineered under the guise of inevitablism.

When we worship the Future it reflects a present emptiness, they convincingly suggest. See Scruton’s books (Amazon) and his many videos on YouTube. Sherry Turkle’s book, Alone Together, is a warning to the present about the dehumanizing threats of hyper-technology and our dependence on it (also available at Amazon.Com)

See also Thoreau’s Alternative to Technocracy…