This-essay is a7312121.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %TECHNOCRATIC SOCIETY 1 731212 In a primitive society members of the society make use of simple techniques to further the purposes of the society. The rate at which new techniques are introduced is low. A number of successive generations may use much the same techniques with father teaching son (and maybe even grandson) both techniques and the necessary wisdom to find hope and meaning in their use. Social structure is stable and the mythological context which gives it hope and meaning is stable. A primitive society may be revolutionized by the injection from out-side of new techniques which undermine social structure and the mythological context which gave substance to that social structure. Yet, it is not the introduction of new techniques which is the essential feature of a technocratic society. The essential feature of a technocratic society is the mythological context which defines the role of techniques and technocrats within the society. It is the mutual understanding which citizens and technocrats have regarding their respective roles which makes a technocratic society what it is. One aspect of that understanding is the truth and conviction that the continual improvement of techniques by expert technocrats is an essential aspect of the society's fulfillment and/or survival. Fulfillment is through techniques rather than authentic meeting. The good life is to be achieved by: Where you live, where others live, what you wear, what you drive, what you eat, how you are trained, where you work, how you smell, who you love, how you love, what you read, how you pray, what you believe, what drugs you use, what clubs you joined, etc. The technocrats' role in society is to improve the standard of living through the expansion and improvement of techniques. To the extent that members of the society maintain the above myth and make it taboo to expose its lack of integrity, to that extent selves use more techniques to solve the real problems generated by the compulsive use of techniques. Via a feedback loop the technocratic society intensifies itself by seeking to extricate itself. It is like an overly self-conscious person trying to solve his problem through self-analysis so as to be free to attempt dialogue with an other. A system may be internally consistent, yet be without much survival value. (c) 1999 by Paul A. Smith in GO: essayz.com "Search for Integrity and Honesty" (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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