Telecom begs (buys?) government officials – say they need more towers to “meet public demand.”
Laws are enacted to speed the build-out of towers and antennas.
Our rights are diminished, we have less of a say.
Towers crop up and life moves on.
And the cycle begins once again ad fin-i-tum.
Consumption spirals upward, while the well-being of humans, wildlife, and our precious Earth spirals downward. Profits go up, while quality of life goes down. And many of us are left longing for a taste of the way our soul knows and wants things to be.
The current and aggressive push by the Telecom industry for wireless “small” cells is much like an ambitious start-up company that builds a huge warehouse hoping they will some day “grow into it”. 5g “small” cells are being put in place to “house” the hoped for massive explosion in wireless data that will be generated from the Internet of Things (IoT). Once the infrastructure is established, the sky is the limit for what new gadgets and applications the private sector can dream up to fill the airwaves, collect our data, and dangle before a largely, tech-addicted and uninformed public.
From predictions of Artificial Intelligence surpassing and destroying humans, to health and environmental impacts worsening due to the huge increase in wireless radiation. From cyber attacks on the grid now inevitable, to the exponential increase in electronic waste as every discarded “thing” makes its way to the ranks of e-waste — The future looks bleak.
Can we forge a different path forward? Can we write a different story? I would like to believe so. But we will need to approach this from four angles simultaneously:
1. Educate the public about the true costs of 5g and the Internet of Things
The true costs of 5g, and its partner in crime, the IoT, include
- Health, from the soup of harmful wireless radiation we will be immersed in 24/7, due to “small” cells, and all the Internet connected “things”, devices, appliances, sensors, machines, robots, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence…and let’s not forget microchipped humans and animals.
- Environment, with the increasing loss of birds, bees, butterflies, and other forms of wildlife
- Cyber Security, with estimates ranging from $6-11 trillion for the cost of trying to secure an ever changing, and impossible-to-secure IoT
- Privacy, from every Internet connected “thing,” device, appliance, sensor, machine, robot, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and microchipped humans and animals, collecting boatloads of our personal data to be shared with marketers, government, and law enforcement
- Energy consumption, where the footprint from energy needed to produce and run all these wireless IoT products and platforms, will likely exceed the hoped for, and hyped about, energy saving technologies the IoT promises
- E-waste, much of which is sent to the far East or Africa where it pollutes the air, water, and ground of remote villages, and where workers earn a dismal day’s pay by dismantling our toxic e-waste largely with the use of crude tools or by hand
- Conflict minerals, which are used in nearly all our technology, and in the last 20 years, have contributed to the death of 5-6 million men, women and children from the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Effects on our brains and humanity, with suicide rates, depression, anxiety, autism, and ADHD now reaching epidemic proportions due to both the radiation exposure and excessive screen-time use.
- Ethics – Could something be awry that we are now considering a new human rights law to “remain natural, i.e. ‘merely’ biological and organic”?
- Job loss, with predictions as high as 50% job loss due to the IoT
- Decline in property value – would YOU want to buy a house with a cell tower beaming radiation through the bedroom window?
2. Cultivate the sweet point of satiation
There is a three-word phrase from the Hebrew Grace after meals that religious Jews recite after eating a full meal: “V’achalta, v’savata, ou v’rachta,” which roughly translates as “And you shall eat, and you shall be satiated, and you shall bless.” We must reawaken and cultivate in ourselves the notion of sweet satiation – the place of just enough – not one ounce too much, nor one iota too little…but perfectly enough. Then as we go about our days “consuming” food, experiences, relationships, and all that life has to offer, we may feel less of an urge to take more than we need.
3. Redefine “progress”
As we settle into the sweet point of satiation, our notion of progress can then gently find its way from more, faster, bigger and new, to kinder, more abiding, deeper, and more fulfilling.
4. Know there are safer and more wholesome alternatives
We can envision a better tomorrow than what industry is presenting today. Fiber is faster, safer, consumes at least 25 times less energy, and is far more cyber secure than wireless. If we shift to using fiber for the vast majority of our Internet and Telecommunications needs – thus relegating cellphones to short, on-the-go communications, and emergency response where needed – we will be removing or lessening the impacts of almost all the downsides of 5g and the IoT. By so doing, we not only protect ourselves, our families, and our environment, but we will get the added benefit of becoming reacquainted with ourselves, others, and the present moment.
If we stay the course and demand safe technology, industry and government will have no choice but to deliver. And we will once again reclaim our treasured and sacred inheritance of true connection and Presence.
Blog post by Kate Kheel
September 21st, 2017
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