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Human Flourishing: Understanding the Real Essence of Technology in Achieving Good Life

Hi, I am Lois! I'm here to share with you about my learnings from these three philosophers: Martin Heidegger, Jason Hickel, and Aristotle.


Understanding The Real Essence of Technology in Achieving Good Life

The two philosophies, "The Question Concerning Technology" by Martin Heidegger and the "De-development Framework" by Jason Hickel, are similarly concerned with how humans utilize technology and nature and how both affect humankind, the environment, and the entire world.

Martin Heidegger focuses on understanding the essence of technology, considering it not just a need and a form of human activity but its contribution as a tool in discovering world truths. Heidegger wants us, humans, to delve into our thoughts and understanding of the utilization of technology because it seems like most of us treat it as indispensable in life for the sake of not missing out on what's new and trendy. It became natural for humans to be viewed as connected with technology as it is already there and presented to provide what human needs-- or what Heidegger called "Standing Reserve." This idea is all about how humans view existing things in the world solely for future resources. An example of this is nature. Humans treat nature as raw materials that need to be processed and manufactured. Heidegger said that technology would put our existence in danger if this idea continues.

This is where John Hickel's de-development framework enters. Technology brings forth new ideas that lead to new creations/innovations of better services offered to people. They produce and purchase more and more goods which result in overconsumption. This is the reason why rich countries continue to progress more quickly, making other countries drown in poverty. And Hickel is concerned with the growing environmental and social costs. Rich countries are getting richer, and developing countries strive to overcome poverty and attain sustainability. Instead, because of "growth," more natural resources are excessively used, which results in natural disasters. Hence, Hickel calls for rich countries to lessen being ahead and over progressive. Instead, he suggests to "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing economic footprint."

Heidegger and Hickel both wanted humans to acquire a high level of understanding of technology and production and its purposes in human lives to achieve human flourishing or good life or Aristotle's Eudaimonia.

Aristotle's idea is that we, humans, are in harmony with the plane we live in and in its nature that we depend on. Heidegger doesn't want us to rely on technology but comprehend its essence. He doesn't want us to see nature as an entire resource but rather see nature as it is for us to enjoy. Hickel doesn't want to endanger our planet by cutting down forests and mountains but rather share what we have with others. With good choices, we will achieve a good life.

The three philosophers want us to understand the real essence of technology, the importance, and benefit of buying and owning less, and having good decisions to achieve happiness and good life.

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