posted on Oct, 27 2013 @ 02:02 AM
I've been on ATS for quite some times but never really participated in the forums actively.
However, I've got one important issue I would like to discuss with you guys ATM and I'm looking forward to hear from you guys perspectives.
(For those of you who doesn't feel like reading such a long post, immediately go to point B)
So here's how it goes:
I don't think I will surprise anyone by claiming that the world we live in today is overwhelmingly controlled by technology and materialism, at least
for a vast majority of countries around the globe.
It is grealty magnificent in terms of possiblity but also very frightening.
The reason I oppose this duality is extremely important because it easily demonstrates the paradox of all living beings on planet earth: capable of
marvelous and horrible things at the same time.
Although most species will do the 'horrible aspect' solely for survival and sustainment of their own specy, there is clearly something different
about the reasoning of the human race.
What I mean here is that we are a conscious specy, aware of the choices we make and the impact they have on the environment, other living creatures
and us. Too many times in history have we seen a great invention or idea turned into something dark and evil even though the main goal was to make us
evolve and progress (let's just mention the discovery of the atom - and the creation of the atomic bomb).
Now I know a lot of people will say that it is a necessary step, that it is the only way to learn and move forwards into the long cycle of evolution.
I would tend to agree with that statement because, you know, we have to put our hand into the fire to understand it is not meant to be touched
directly, but rather be close to it.
However, this truth doesn't in any way diminish the importance of balance in life.
Balance in nature, in love, in wealth, in food, in entertainment, in work, in relationship, in physical exercice, etc.
My point is that we need equilibrium to move forward in life and this is true in everything you could come to think of.
Recently I've come to realize that in the modern world we have created for ourselves, everything is now done in one opposite or another. Nothing (or
almost) is done in balance and harmony, just like Nature has teached us for so many centuries (and is still trying to do). Everything is pushed to the
maximum (thanks to greed) to have the best benefits or productive curve. Even more than that, people whether live in the past or in the future. I do
not know of a lot of people nowadays speaking openly about the importance of living the present moment in life. Who would have time anyway, when
everything is going so fast and always faster?
So, that's where the main idea of my topic comes into place:
The technology we have today, and the way we use it, has already reached a point where it has exceeded our capacity to adapt. The abused use and
creations we made out of it have obviously been done in one exteme to another. There has been absolutely no balance at all. It has evolved so fast it
has completely blinded us to what was the original goal of technology in the first place, that is to say, making a world where it feels good to live
and where it is easy to communicate with other people and also travel all around the world.
The way I see it, technology has completely separated us from other beings and even ourselves. Nature (and animals) has also been include in the let
down. We are actively destroying it for the sake of human progress and in the pursuit of knowledge. But no matter how much we hurt Nature and the
things around us, it will never be as much as the pain we inflict to ourselves. I see more and more people everyday being sucked into this huge
fabrication of social networks (aka Facebook, Twitter, etc) and less and less people looking at each other in the eyes and smiling.
Not to say that the technology itself is to blame, but rather the use we make out of it.
Let me give you 2 very simple examples of situations I've experienced recently. Both of them only in the last month.
I'm walking in the park with one my good friend. We talk about anything and really appreciate looking at the night sky.
Suddenly, I see a young couple watching over for their little daughter, around 8 years old, sitting next to them... in a carousel (not sure of the
exact word since english isn't my main language). A very normal sight for a girl this age, so what is wrong will you ask?
The fact is that this little girl was actually looking at her cellphone during the whole process of the roundabout. A cellphone at the age of 8,
bought by their lovely parents. I don't think there is anymore to add to this story for you guys to understand my point...
I'm in my school with some classmates, waiting for the teacher and the next class just in front of the closed door. I talk with two of my male
friends when I decide to look around myself to suddenly realize that all five girls around me are looking silently at their cellphones. Shocked I say
to them '' Hey girls, what is it about that boys talk and have fun while you girls are all looking at your dead screens, doing nothing? ''. Then,
only one of the girls thought necessary to lift her head simply to smile and immediately get back on her useless business.
At this precise moment I thought to myself: ''WTFFFFFFFF, this can't be true''
And we could go on with personal stories like these forever....
So, I'm asking you this ATS,
what is going on in the world today? Have people really come to the point they do not want to interact with each other anymore? What is it these new
technologies offer us we find it appropriate to just don't give a !!!!! anymore?
I could go on forever giving examples of how technology affects us in a negative way that it would take me all the night to just think of them. Now
don't get me wrong, I'm not saying technology is bad or absolutely evil, but simply putting in perspective the way we use it in 2013 and where this
might lead us in the next decades.
Are we seeing a technology of desocialization?