Are you a “Luddite?” One who eschews machines taking the place of people doing, and there fore eliminating, people from doing that same work work? The Smithsonian has an interesting take on this which brings us from the origins (workers destroying cotton and woolen mill machinery) to those today who create worms, malware and viruses. Thereby, assuming that this is what people who write these codes are actually doing, bringing us up to date on current Luddism; if such a beast actually exists today.
I am not a luddite but my thinking harkens back to the days of the industrial revolution and the eventual easing of men’s and women’s roles in providing for sustenance and habitat in the pre and post industrial times. Some use the expression, “Idle hands are the devil’s playground.” (That takes us all back to better times, eh?) Reading up on the Luddites came from memories of the later years in grammar school in the early 60’s when history was covered in, I assume, much more detail than it is now. Again, this is an assumption as my kids had never heard the term “Luddite.”
The “idle hands” phrase is probably more accurately phrased with the two words, “idle minds.” Either way you consider that phrase it basically echoes a result which, more often than not, is mischief. Mischief can run the gamut from pilfering to wholesale war depending on who is idle at what space of time.
The industrial revolution is a great place in history for us to measure a dividing line of a societal change of norms. The first change was from hunter/gatherer to agrarian. Post agrarian takes us through all kinds of inventive surges up to and including today. It also, going back to idle minds, shows evidence of change from politics of necessity to politics of personality and, thereby, politics of social destruction. The migration from rural agrarianism for the poor to urban wealth and even more idle time (minds) which, after not too long, brought about strata of industrious people who got things done to another layer which became people who were never happy with the status quo. Revolutionaries and socialists are just an off-shoot of the failure of the Luddites.
If one takes a critical view of how civilizations rise and fall one needs focus only on the urban centers. The rural, agrarian aspects of society take care of themselves. It is in the urban areas where talk of revolt, acts of murder and the sublimation of strata under the yoke of idealism gone wrong fester and pop spilling their poison throughout all areas of a nation or continent.
I rather liked the eccentricity of the Luddites. They lasted only minutes in the grand scheme of history but they were around long enough to be written about. They went the way of all who have tried to stand in the way of progress. Mowed down by their peers. It is interesting to watch current events and see the same thing happening which has not only happened before but will happen again….and again….and….
There is no stopping progress. There is no socialistic government that will stand 200 years. No government that will stand for 500 years simply because people don’t understand when they are well off. Change for the sake of change is only lifted up by those who have the time and money to be idle. Mostly in urban areas and who have the self-righteousness to think that they have the answers for all the people around them. This, after many decades of deluding themselves through close association of like minded fools who prop up non-historical reality. these are called socialists and they keep coming back like fleas on a dog.