Error 404 ”society not found”

Error 404 is something that almost everyone that uses internet has encountered at least once and refers to a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) standard response code, in computer network communications, to indicate that the client was able to communicate with a given server, but the server could not find what was requested. The web site hosting server will typically generate a “404 Not Found” web page when a user attempts to follow a broken or dead link; hence the 404 error is one of the most recognizable errors encountered on the World Wide Web.

The last decades we have been witnesses of an increase in cases of depression as well as other type of social related ‘disorders’, all of them mainly part of the modern advanced societies (it is rather rare to find depressed people in a small village somewhere in the middle of nowhere). The best definition of depression that I have seen till now is the one that defines depression as the inability of a person to imagine/expect a pleasant future for himself. The facts that can lead to this state are really a lot but in this post we will try to analyse just a couple social angles of this phenomenon.

One aspect of this phenomenon can be explained partly by the modern labor distribution and the failure of the capitalistic system to address this problem properly (more about this aspect can be found in the first post of our blog, ). If we add to this the wrong use of technology we have an exploding mix. Modern technology, especially communication wise, made everything available instantly. We get used to expect everything instantly, forcing even nature to follow this rollercoaster of ‘development’. Industrial (over)production is a manifestation of this (in particular food production). A whole generation (the Millenials) is raised with the idea that they can achieve anything, ‘anything’ without being mentioned the natural limitations in both resources and time. And then it comes, the disappointment of not being able to ‘contribute’ enough. What is enough though and where does development/growth have to stop? More and more economists realise the fact  that we have to abandon the current model of constant economic growth in order to achieve sustainability (see also

Another aspect of the phenomenon is connected with mild expressions of social autism. We are afraid of getting hurt, getting involved. We live in a constant fear of making a mistake or getting rejected, living in bigger cities with less interactions with the people around us. Frequently, I am catching myself adjusting to the way ‘the machines’ around me function instead of the other way around. Machines are made to calculate/choose really fast between two things. That is all they can recognise, endless series of 0 and 1. What happens though when we start functioning in a similar way?

Have a nice weekend and please (yeah please) have a look to the following three short videos that can help you see certain things differently.

Michail I. Lafkas




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