reply to post by FreeThinkerbychoice
Welcome to ATS, and congratulations on authoring your first thread!
You'll certainly fit in well around here, you can turn over almost any stone on these grounds and find a handful (or more) contributors who have some
observation, divine message, or intuition about human nature. Among the plethora that I have chosen to read, your's is one of the better composed.
So, nice job on being able to clearly dictate your theory and observations.
A lot of what you've locked on to, like the technological slavery we're slowly becoming ensconced in, are troubles that I myself faced when I was
growing up. What I did differently, though, was to willfully resist the urge and desire to entrench myself in those applications. I was twenty-three
when I got my first cellphone, and even now I still just use a cheap pre-paid.
When I joined Myspace, and then Facebook, I never glamoured my profile, or added a thousand useless "likes" to them. I sought to stay interconnected
with my friends oversees, family who had moved away, and the circles of co-workers and classmates as I advanced through life.
I believe that the road to overcoming technological dependency comes from the individual, and not the species as a whole. It is a cultural
short-coming, more than a human short-coming. Americans for sure are entranced by technology and fancy gadgets, as are most First World individuals.
However, those in third world countries, or communities which favor hard work over play, are certainly populated with individuals of the opposite
If we teach our children to see technology for what it is: an escapism, not a career (programmers excluded, obviously) then we can break them of the
habit of becoming a "drone." It always has, and always will, rest on how we approach the issue, and with what discipline we guide our children,
friends, and family through these technological shifts.
I turned out alright. I can turn my computer off, ignore my cellphone, and don't waste endless hours in front of the TV. But I still enjoy a good
Youtube video, watching an intriguing film, listening to some great music, and staying in touch with my friends and family. Will, and how we compose
ourselves are what makes the difference between slave and master when it comes to technology and what makes us human.
I don't have much to say with your observations on us being social creatures, and being biologically programmed for preservation of familial unit and
species as a whole. Those are, in my mind at least, empirical facts, over supposed anthropological and neurological theories.
~ Wandering Scribe