Before analyzing the ethics of technology under the question of whether something is good or bad for people, we have to first ask, “What are people for?”. As you say, listening is important. Knowing what we are listening to is also important. Nature and evolution provide us with plenty of information, but do we hear what it says? Each species survives in the future only if it provides more usefulness to its future than it consumes. Once we allowed our mass production to determine our desires, we were lost.

One possibility is just to tag along with the fantasists in government and industry who would have us believe that we can pursue our ideals of affluence, comfort, mobility, and leisure indefinitely. This curious faith is predicated on the notion that we will soon develop unlimited new sources of energy: domestic oil fields, shale oil, gasified coal, nuclear power, solar energy, and so on. This is fantastical because the basic cause of the energy crisis is not scarcity; it is moral ignorance and weakness of character. We don’t know how to use energy, or what to use it for. And we cannot restrain ourselves. Our time is characterized as much by the abuse and waste of human energy as it is by the abuse and waste of fossil fuel energy. Nuclear power, if we are to believe its advocates, is presumably going to be well used by the same mentality that has egregiously devalued and misapplied man- and womanpower. If we had an unlimited supply of solar or wind power, we would use that destructively, too, for the same reasons.
― Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

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