Nature and technology


Two kids enjoying sitting on a large buffalo, an animal weighing close to a ton, it’s horns are as big as them, they both using a tablet, while the buffalo continues grazing. The above picture shows how humans have adapted to co-existing with such a large dangerous animal, it also tells us about a hostile past we had with nature.

Domestication of animals started well before the neolithic age, as large animals were used by herders. This process of domestication was done through castration, so only the peaceful docile genes were passed, that’s why we see such a docile version of a large cattle. Invention of the tool ‘plow’ meant that domesticated animals had to work harder and longer, for large cattle this was about working night and day under the harsh weather, plowing for humans. In this case technology was an inhibitor for both humans and animals, because the plow not only made animals stuck in grain plantations but also made humans chained to their work.

For thousands of years the practice of castration and plowing continued, but only after the ‘scientific revolution’ that modern technology consisted of machinery. After the tractor was used, most animal plowing was gone, it freed up the animals and agriculturalist from the drudgery of work. Here the ‘tractor’ was a useful technology because it helped humans do the work efficiently and quickly and freed up animals.

As we appreciate the close bond of humans with such a magnificent beast, enjoying it’s leisure time using the latest gadgets, we also need to remember the brutal past. Domestication and castration of such massive creatures, plow tool used to enslave both animals and humans, a scientific revolution that finally produced a solution. The key is to use the ‘right’ technology, which needs to be discussed and implemented using scientific, rational, and philosophical argument.


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