LO and its environmental conditions LO30295

From: leo minnigh (minnigh@dds.nl)
Date: 06/23/03

Replying to LO30273 --

Replying to LO to 30273

Dear At, dear LO´ers,

Thank you for the extra thoughts you added to mine. Yes, you are right,
the pace of change in the environment is too much different from the pace
of change in most of us and in OO´s.

At, when I finished my contribution and pushed the send-button, I was
doubting if LO´s are realy a rare species. Perhaps it is because I refuse
to be pessimistic and think of only doom scenario´s. Perhaps LO´s have
developed a mimicry so they are difficult to recognise as such. Are most
families in the world not small LO´s? I am not sure, since the divorce
rate becomes incredably high, and there is even a more serious development
here in Holland. What I see and hear from youngsters is that sex becomes
more and more a deed of fun and not anymore a precious deed of love. I
wonder how family life in the next generations will be. But nevertheless,
most families seem to be small LO's.

And one thing is sure - the birth rate of new families seems to be in pace
with the changements in the environment.

You have sketched an interesting scenario, At. I agree fully with you that
the influence of the information avalanche is one of the most serious
disasters which happens right under our eyes and will change the
environment dramatically.

A couple of weeks ago our dear host Rick was in Amsterdam. During that
memorable meeting Rick asked each of us what our ideas were of the future
of the world. My answer to him was simmilar to yours - 'deafening' effects
of information. And I think that it will take some 15-20 years until the
majority of humankind have learned how to cope with it. I think that the
core of the problem is that most people think that thinking is not
necessary anymore, or they even have not thought of their own thinking.
Most pupils on schools learn how to trace the right information. But they
are not learned to solve problems without the use of imported information,
and onle on their own personal brain power. A good lesson might be to
bring each of us for a month on a desert island. In that case one should
survive only on skills, not on memorised data. Perhaps a nice starter for
imaginating how to survive could be the book 'The life of Pi' by Yann

At mentioned the Information Fatigue Syndrome or a virus like SARS as a
possible dramatic disaster. Perhaps a more serious thread might be a
computer virus, killing every PC in the world wide web. It means that not
only Internet will be down, but it means also that there is no TV and
newspaper anymore (printing machines are also linked to the web). In such
situation the whole information flow stops immediately and not only that,
also the financial markets are destroyed. Both, information and money as
products of the increased enthropy production, will be wiped out.

And then, the families will survive as true LO's.

Have good dreams :-))

Leo Minnigh


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