I am a nerd, I love games, both electronic and table top and recently I read something that made stop and think. In a popular table top game Warhammer 40,000, there is a race called the Eldar (basically space elves). The back story to them is that the Eldar were once the most powerful race in the galaxy, ruling the stars. They created new technology to make their lives easier and easier, this lead to them having more time for indulgence and pleasure. However, as they lived extended lives, they eventually grew bored of pleasures and sought more expensive and dangerous indulgences. This eventually lead to a society of decadence which glorified anythign that brought pleasur,e even killing and torture and lead to the Eldar fall, where the combination of their psychic potential lead to them accidently creating a new god of Chaos and obliterating their race.
What made me stop is this seems rather similar doesnt it? We are creating technology to make our lives easier and easier, leading for us having a lot of free time and our society is slowly slipping into decadance. Now obviously fantasy and reality are seperate but it does draw similarities. As people have more free time, they usually go to somewhere where they can access activities to relax and take pleasure in. The internet provides games, movies, music etc, however, eventually most people will be drawn to the darker side of the net, pronography. And as any porn addict will tell you, eventually they have to go even deeper into the darker stuff as the ‘normal’ porn wont have the same effect it used to have.
I worry we may go ‘Roman’ again and sink to the level of watching people kill each other for sport, back to the old gladiatory arenas though only on ‘pay per view’ and bootlegged on the net.