The Technological Vision of the World of Martin Heidegger
Heidegger says that
We deceive ourselves in the worst way if we believe that the technological device that makes the current world work is an instrument that we manage as the carpenter handles the hammer.
And here deceiving us in the worst way means: with an essential deception that is the greatest danger to the meaning of our life and our world.
The greatest danger is not starvation or immolation in a nuclear catastrophe; but that our life goes extiniendomly, which is happening as time goes by, and that each time we lose more of the possibility of thinking about what we go through life.
The worst danger is to spend your life comfortably stunned, dulled by the tenuous illusion that things are going to improve little by little, comforted by the cautious expectation that one day "the tortilla will be back", that "one of our children hunts the handle "and that then we will do better than what Clinton, the World Bank, the IMF, and Menem do.
"Everything works. This is precisely the inhospitable, that to dysfunctional; that the operation always leads to more operation, that the technique pulls man from the earth more and more and uproots him,,
Heidegger continues to be, with different shades according to continents and countries, one of the most important philosophers of the last years of the contemporary age, specifically, of the twentieth century.
Heidegger, for his philosophy and his way of life, was always an enemy of technological times.
While Ortega y Gusset
Gives us a look
Sweeter, Heidegger has been
More intolerant of technology
Heidegger is called post-modern, since he goes farther from the era in which we live, where he is committed to technology, due to a critique of modernity.
Heidegger is not interested in technique as a tool, but rather in how technique constructs the truth of things, how it recreates the world and how, through the use of technology, nature, and human beings are defined.
For the Greeks nature was an object to be admired, however, for us who live in a technological world, nature is an instrument to be exploited. We are not preserving nature, but we are preserving a business. Here we can see how technology has changed our relationships, has changed us and changed our truth.
Heidegger believes that today, the technique defines man and nature and not the opposite as always had happened. To all this is added that the man has to adapt to the technique, and not the other way around since there is no technique to facilitate the tasks, there is aumcision to the technique, that is, it dominates us.
Heidegger points out that the essence of technology is in "uncovering", "unveiling", it is challenging nature and there is the greatest risk. Therefore, he emphasizes: "The essence of the technique, to direct deactivate, is the danger."