“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” - Albert Eistein
Was Einstein’s statement the way he viewed his present or an observation of what was to come? How fortuitous are those words when compared to the current events around the world. Einstein was known for his theories on what he believed to be the nature of things in the universe surrounding us. I view his statement to simply mean that people can become so dependent on convenience that they lose their connection to one another and what it means to be human.
The invention of the car was one of man's great achievements. People were able to get places sooner rather than later. Important items like mail, food even human lives were able to be transported across great distances for convenience or necessity. Airplane, trains, and boats have greatly contributed to do and go faster and faster. Now, for the most part, we use our inventions to enhance our way of life. The truth is without some of those inventions we would not be able to thrive as we have so far as humans.
As we continue to grow, so do our needs. Here is where the line between needs and wants gets blurred. You see somewhere along way, we have met- and even surpassed- most of our basic needs, food, mental/emotional stimulation, procreation, health and financial resources. But we did not stop there. We began to redefine what our needs were and soon decided whatever you wanted essentially became what you needed! The quote, “patience is a .virtue”, became a thing of the past. So, what you want is now what you need. Waiting for things became too frustrating for most and soon convenience was no longer a luxury- but a requirement.
The bottom-line is that people need to spend more time connecting with one another via voice, face to face, and touch. I am not suggesting that we are ruined and there is no hope for us as humans. On the contrary, if we are to maintain our humanity, then educating our children, protecting the environment and maintaining world health should be the goal of us all. The world around us is changing drastically with climatic, economic and global shifts and I am sure it is overwhelming to us all.
But there is a simple formula to saving humanity. To make big change in the world, make a small but positive change in the world. Take the time to say hello on the phone instead of sending a text. Spend more time meeting and talking in person instead of letting technology get in-between you and the people you care for and love. We may be a technology-driven age, but we don't have to let technology drive us apart from our humanity.
is a man living with HIV, hepatitis C, kidney disease, heart disease and bipolar depression offering up words of encouragement for others. Read his blog: http://nyghtcloud-aloneintheworld.blogspot.com/