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There is no technological substitute for virtue

Welcome to the technopoly. Whether you know it or not, you have been living here all along, and it is a kingdom ruled by machines and where efficiency, progress and numbers dictate the laws and constitution.

As so many philosophical and theological thinkers, in addition to the vast multitude of less luminary citizens, parents, and every day and ordinary practical people, have said, there are two ways of trying to be happy: try to conform reality to yourself and your desires, or conform yourself and your desires to the nature of reality. Tool-using cultures, as in Ancient Greece and Rome and as in Medieval Europe, are characterized partly by their recognition of the fact that true happiness lies in conforming oneself to the nature of reality. A technopoly is characterized partly by its insistent demand that reality meet our wants, desires, whims and needs. …

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