Social change as counter balance to the technology of our days

Author: Jan Terlouw


In the industrialized modem society developments seem to occur as an autonomous process. They do not of course actually become such. A development in a particular direction is the result of a series of decisions. Behind every decision is a person or a group of people and behind those people is an interest. Therefore, the key problem of the gap between new needs and existing structures is insufficient decision-making. The new values people are seeking get too few possibilities in a society dominated by science and technique. The voice of action groups and their gradually increasing influence, environmental impact statements, the hesitantly established assessments of technical developments, they represent weak and no more than beginning answers to signals of social change which can be heard louder and clearer every year.

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