The quantum leaps in our evolution as a species throughout the eons have usually been due to our development of “radical” new tools, or the radical application of something already in existence.
Like the wheel, and the lightbulb……. the computer, and its associated technology, is arguably the latest “radical” new tool. Like all radical tools before it, the computer inherently is neither “good” or “bad”. It is all about HOW we use it.
But ask yourself – are YOU operating this particular powerful new tool?
Or are is this new tool…..beginning to operate YOU?
CONSIDER THESE OTHER “WAKE-UP CALLS”:
-Machines, and now a multitude of electronic communication devices, were supposed to make our lives “easier”. Yet, according to the US Bureau of Labor, the hours in the average workweek in the United States has actually increased since the 1970’s. In addition, workers in the US are taking less vacation on average than they did in the 1970’s.
Ask yourself…. is the accelerating pace we face right now in technologically advanced societies……generally conducive to healthy societies, strong families, or even “love” itself ?
Are we emotional and mentally wired…. to have 150 “friends” on Facebook? What about your real friends?
Ever hear of “sitting disease”? It is here already.
Here’s another telling question, “Do you feel “naked” and/or anxious when you don’t have your cell phone or Blackberry with you?
What I like to call “Continuous Partial Attention”(CPA) ……. is EPIDEMIC in technologically advanced societies. Do you have CPA?
Maybe it is time we questioned “multi-tasking”.
Afterall, are you truly present anymore when you are talking in person with loves ones? With anyone?
FINALLY THINK ABOUT THIS:
“Imagine…two computers conversing with each other over a period. They are asked by a human being what they are talking about, and in the time he takes to pose the question, the two computers have exchanged more words than the sum total of all the words exchanged by human beings since Homo sapiens first appeared on earth 2 or 3 million years ago.” – Simons, Geoff, “Silicon Shock: The Menace of the Computer Invasion”, 1985, p.165.
Please note that was in …… 1 9 8 5 !
HOWEVER………the radical changes we now face as a species “right around the corner”, will absolutely DWARF the breathtaking changes we have witnessed the last 30 years – in both speed and magnitude.
ARE YOU READY ?