Simplifying life complicates it

We have so many different types of communication devices yet people no longer communicate with each other.  We have wireless phones, instant messaging, texting, videoconferencing, web conferencing, e-mail, and all sorts of social media from Twitter to Facebook.  Most people use these communication vehicles to share inconsequential dialog.  I do not really care to know a person I knew in high school is riding his motorcycle with his riding club.  I much rather talk to him about meaningful topics.

Our phones are wireless that share groundless thoughts.  Expressing thoughts has become meaningless and, by extension, so have our relationships.  The irony is we stay in contact with more people but still do not know them.  I prefer boundless thoughts shared in person.  Is it me or did we communicate better when we had phone calls and letters?

We can instantly cook food in a microwave and eat in front of the TV watching mindless drivel.  There is fast food and takeout orders to fulfill our biological needs.  The instantaneous gratification we get ruins the appreciation deserved of a well-cooked meal.  There is nothing wrong with waiting for a meal shared around a table with family and friends.  The response to that last sentence is always “There is no time.”

I disagree.  There is no such thing as no time, only no priority.  As a society, we place more value on taxiing our children to their activities versus learning about their hopes and dreams around the kitchen table.  Is the hope of a college scholarship more important than knowing our children?

Conventional wisdom claims our children have surpassed their parents educationally.  The next generation may be more “worldly” than our generation but take away their calculators and how many can add in their collective heads.

We live in a throwaway society.  By that, I mean it seems nothing lasts past the warranty.  We have appliances with great diagnostics but I would rather have a refrigerator last more than five years versus telling me I need milk.  I can figure out I need milk by looking in the fridge but cannot determine how to make it keep food cool longer.

Calculators help us do math better but think less.  We understand more but know less.  Diagnostically advanced appliances help us with grocery shopping but make us reliant on technology instead of ourselves.  We stay alive longer but live less.  Somewhere along the line, making life easy made life harder.

I am not opposed to technology – in fact, I love it.  But technology should enhance not replace our thinking.  It should simplify not complicate our lives.  And, above all, it should not make an entire generation dependent on anything but themselves.  We went from walking to riding horses to the horse and buggy to the car to the train to air travel and space travel.  We made these advances to get there faster and do things sooner.  Now doctors tell us we need to walk more.  The irony is rich.


About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 25 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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