Technical Dependencies

Ever since our first primitive ancestor picked up a buffalo femur and used it to club his dinner over the head we have been dependent upon our technology. From the mastery of fire to the silicon chip every step in human evolution has been marked by the development of new and better technologies. Necessity, as Aesop said, being the mother of invention, technology must necessarily develop to meet some need of the inventor and so we must always develop a new dependency upon it. The important question seems to me to be is the technology that we are inventing serving any real need.

Earlier this year I spent some time on a farm in a remote part of the country where there is almost no modern technology. No electricity, no mobile phone reception (there is a landline) and so no internet, no computer games, only the radio and a black and white TV that runs on 12 volt car batteries. Life didn’t stop for me. I just changed my focus to different but equally as interesting and vital pastimes. Sure my inbox was bursting when I could get on to the web to have a look, but I had gone cold turkey on technology without a pang. But I do admit that upon my return to civilized parts I was happy to be able to shoot off a text to a friend or spend a couple of hours idly playing some game again. I hadn’t really missed any of it but I was happy to have it back.

I grant that I am not a great collector of gadgets. I don’t feel the need to have the latest iphone or e-gizmo the minute that it hits the market so the ones that I do have tend to be practical no-nonsense gadgets. But I can see how someone with the latest model everything can imagine that their life would end if the technology was gone- obviously they wouldn’t die from it but the attraction to gadgets can be very strong in some people. There will always be a market for new technology whilst it is new but as with all technologies from the past only the most truly useful will survive and that is because they serve us well not because we are dependent upon them.

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About dgmattichakjr

D G Mattichak jr was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated in one of Melbourne’s exclusive private schools before studying art at Preston Technical College. D G Mattichak jr has been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and has become well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects http://www.scribd.com/dmattichak/shelf . He discovered the “key to the order & value of the English alphabet” from Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick. Success in these methods admitted him to the highest levels of attainment in various Hermetic disciplines and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right. After almost three decades of study and development D G Mattichak jr has finally been able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley’s magnum opus, the Book of the Law. D G Mattichak jr currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his artist wife Michelle and their two cats. He has had a long career as an al a carte chef in Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality scene and now spends his time writing blogs on cooking, writing and, in the guise of Master Ankh af na Khonsu, about magick. He is also one of the founding members of the Mt Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering and regularly contributes to its official website http://mountfranklinannualpagangathering.blogspot.com/ as both an administrator and as an author. D G Mattichak jr’s first book Loot was released in 2009. His books are available through amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=D G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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