I woke up and got to work on an assignment for my speech class, due tomorrow. Yeah, it's me - Captain Procrastination! It's a speech (no big shock there), complete with outline, bibliography, and 3x5 index cards. For a topic, I picked the Industrial revolution, and how it's had many negative effects on the general quality of life of the human race. However, when I started thinking about it, and reasoning with basic headology and simple cause and effect type logic, I found that we've really royally fucked ourselves, and it'll be a miracle if we don't all go completely bugnuts and gnaw off our own ears before too much longer. I'm not done by any means. In fact, this is the roughest of drafts, but
Thesis: The industrial revolution has had many detrimental effects on the quality of human life that are not commonly recognized.
I. Human psychology and sociology have spent tens of thousands of years becoming adapted to pre-industrial circumstances, and are therefore ill suited to the current age.
A. Emotional ties with one's immediate and extended family were, from the very beginning, reinforced constantly by the fact that they were necessary for survival.
B. These ties had become, through natural selection, fundamental parts of our psyches, tightly integrated with nearly every aspect of our emotional and social well-being.
C. Thanks to recent (last 4-500 years) technological advances in the areas of medicine, transportation, and communication, these relationships are no longer reinforced by necessity, and so the intimate social structures which we, as a species, have become adapted to over many thousands of years are crumbling.
D. Having been adapted to pre-industrial circumstances for the vast majority of our existence, our minds are quite understandably destabilizing as their evolutionary foundations deteriorate.
II. Psychological illnesses are increasing in both number and severity, as our minds are now being forced to address issues evolution has not prepared us for, and to address those issues without the mental structures and basis we have been prepared to use.
A. Before the industrial revolution, people understood and trusted their environment intimately, because they usually did not leave it, and so knew it very well.
1. This stability evolved into our sense of "home", heredity preparing our minds to be comfortable in a well-known place.
2. New places and people are much more frequent and common now, and so we have to adapt to new surroundings and social microcosms much more quickly and often than evolution has prepared us to.
B. The number of possible vocations has been increasing exponentially since the industrial revolution, as has the degree to which people are dissatisfied with their vocation.
1. For high school seniors nowadays, the odds are very good that the job from which they will finally retire does not even exist yet.
2. A thousand years ago, the choice was not usually a source of doubt and uncertainty, as it is almost always now.
3. This uncertainty is usually quite poorly addressed, as is evidenced by the percentage of people unhappy with their chosen occupation, and the increasing rate of career changes.
4. Since one's occupation is a fundamental part of one's identity, one's identity and sense of self are weakened.
C. Our base, visceral instincts were previously very important parts of our psyches before the industrial revolution, highly valued and necessary for survival, but now they are seen as unnecessary and dangerous, the source of many problems,
1. Previously, when these instincts were used daily, we understood how to focus them appropriately, by virtue of experience, and so we were much less likely to be overcome by them.
2. Now that we do not need them for survival, we do not know how to appropriately focus them, which leaves us without the degree of control of them we ought to have, so when they come to the surface, we are ill-equipped to handle them, and they take control, simply because we do not.
3. Like any tool, our base instincts are neither good nor evil, but, like any tool can be used for either and become dangerously unpredictable when in the hands of someone that does not understand their proper application.
4. Because most people do not understand their proper application, most people will not be able to use them safely, and so will "learn" that they are dangerous and should be avoided.
music: Android Lust - Cruelty