Who would survive a global distaster

After watching this interesting documentary, I ask a question: Who would survive a global disaster, whatever it could be?

After Armageddon is a 2010 drama-documentary directed and written by Stephen Kemp. It shows the drama of a L.A. typical American family that has to survive the aftermaths of a flu pandemic that kills half of the North American population. Follow by the observation of different experts, the documentary describes what would happen if all what we consider secure in the cities just start to disappear like water, food, electricity, means of communication and security. It shows once more that we are living in the Martian Habs like in The Martian movie. The drama of the Johnson and their son, seeing how their protected world of technologies is gone and they don´t know what to do, makes me think in how a typical Cambodian family would react in similar situation – extending this example to many other natural societies about the world, especially in developing countries.

That comparison is a wonderful piece to realize that in such a case, the changes of survival would be bigger for Cambodian typical families than for those of high technological cities like Los Angeles, London or Tokyo.

People of technological societies depend completely from an omnipresence of water supply, electricity, food, means of communication and security. These elements are the ones that give an idea to the technological human that they are superior to others who are not – the members of the Third World, the ‘natural and indigenous’ peoples, the primitives of the non-digital world.

Looking further in examples of this situation, we can see the hurry to impose models of development in countries like Cambodia that assume the ´handicaps´ of the Cambodian society and their lacks to fit the international standards to become a develop nation.

Of course, it is a need and right that Cambodians, as any other poor nation, has access to clean water to fight deceases, electricity, means of communication, food and security. The point is how to do so without producing a copy of another vulnerable and expensive technological society that triggers other situations like the voracity and destruction of natural resources and the ambition of certain powerful groups that would increase social inequality.

The same Cambodian traditions keep wonderful elements to guarantee that it is possible to survive in harmony with the environment, while guaranteeing the access to resources like water, food, media, electricity and security.

The future of Humanity will be the return to the jungles, not as our primitive ancestors, but with a new approach to the nature, taking the things in an appropriate way. The natural peoples, the indigenous, the ethnic minorities, will be the masters of this technological people that will recognize that all their technologies are not enough to survive and to protect our Planet. It will be a win-to-win position where the Tech people will share their technologies and the natural ones their also practical knowledge of the world.

This kind of reflection brings us also to the need to think in what I call the development of ´Super-Technologies´, something superior to our high-Tech. Super-Tech must be those systems able to survive along with Humanity (nothing will destroy it), providing 24 hours attention even without the intervention of human operators in the case of a global, regional or local disaster. Super-Tech must be able to protect not only Humanity, but also our same Planet with all its natural environment, turning off what could triggers worst situations if Humans would be busy trying to survive. I think that it will have to see very much with Artificial Intelligence, but we must be careful that AI would not turn against us in the meantime.

In conclusion, we need to return to the nature in our own modern way and to develop the Super Technologies, both aspects in near connection in order to guarantee the survival not only of the Human species, but all the Planet. The increase of vegetarianism, organic farms, protection and promotion of natural societies, the use of green energy, all these things are parts of that marriage between natural life and Super Technologies. I think Cambodia is, in this regard, a good scenario to open the gates for a hopeful future for all Humanity.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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