Don't get me wrong. I'm in agreement with you, Xisca
. However, I guess my point is that technology in and of itself does not constitute what I would call a 'high' culture or 'THE' mark of civilization. Humankind is no more, no less than just another organism living on this rock, in what should be a mutual cooperation or of symbiotic relationships. Given, that we have all these great technological 'advancements', at the same time we have also placed our species and most other higher lifeforms on the planet in a precarious position of survival all for the things
that we feel we 'need
I am not of the belief that we (mankind) have 'dominion over all the living creatures' and they are at our
mercy to exploit and to use until we have exterminated every last one of them or genetically mutated them (pets included) for our own purposes. My perception is ... that kind of thinking is part of the present world problem!
Yes, we've grown beyond the 'stone grinding' techniques at the basic levels of finding a stone and spending all day to grind the meal for a loaf of bread, but destroying large ecologically sound habitats to pump oil or extract uranium or coal to power the electricity to power the electric 'stone' meal grinder in one own's kitchen really isn't the answer. Neither is the continued gung-ho support of the ever-growing monoculture agribusiness that grows, grinds and transports the meal to you from anywhere in the world.
Each one of us, needs to become part of the solution, and begin making decisions about everything.... EVERYTHING... that we do that has any impact on the earth and our fellow inhabitants. I seriously believe that those of us living in the developed nations, just because of our indoctrination into this system since birth, have to struggle with everything we do in this regards. And studies have shown that of all the cultures on the earth we remain among the those that are more unhappy. Those happiest cultures seem to be closer to the earth ... 'primitive' and 'poor' is how our developed modern culture tend to view them. Yet these cultures also enjoy more interpersonal time with their families and other individuals, don't have to work from dawn till dusk to provide sustenance, etc. In my mind it makes me question the meaning of 'civilization'! Being civilized is not... 'all about the money!'
............edited to add............
As an artist/sculptor... I think I would have enjoyed living amongst the Pacific NW coastal Indian groups (Tlingit, Haida, Salish, et al) that celebrated with the potlatch
ceremony. I think half of the creative works that I've produced over the decades were given away (with heart) and accepted (with heart). A much greater feeling of value can be placed on items with this kind of exchange, IMHO. And to have lived in that time and allowed to create and feel that kind of value placed on 'things' makes me feel that if something broke or became boring to have, it wouldn't be directly thrown into the nearest trash heap.... if there was one available. I probably would have relished the grinding stone a bit as well, as presently I DO make sourdough bread twice weekly and even hand grind part of the rye for addition. Actually sprouted rye that is dried after making rejuvelac. :