Countering the whole Technology vs. Humanity Argument
We are lucky to be living in this day and age when the advent of the Internet and advancements in science and medicine are changing lives for the better. Face it, we are living longer and we are more connected than ever before using tools that are computer-based. In a brief span of 25 years there have been unbelievable expansions and innovations that have made tremendous differences in our lifestyle and health across the globe.
The naysayers bemoan a fetishism of technology and a loss of authenticity in relationships as a direct result of a gadget-driven culture that is reminiscent of science fiction books by Philip K. Dick, Federik Pohl, and Arthur C. Clarke. There is always room for this kind of criticism and attuned observation about culture, but what is missing is the creative element of people. You need to acknowledge that technology is here to stay, and use the amazing tools at your disposal to develop yourself and live a better life. Quit being a victim.
This goes back to the Industrial Revolution, and the idea of the telephone being the beginning of the end of individualism, creativity, and civilization as we know it. Advances come with every generation, and there are good and bad things that go along with it. War machines, mustard gas, machine guns, smart bombs, drones, and the damn A-bomb itself were technologies designed to make warfare more effective and kill the most people possible. The goal was to win wars with these tools; to make the thing more efficient. It’s bad because it kills, and it’s good becomes it can promote a kind of détente (something to be avoided at all costs). You can’t stop progress, but you can make the world a better place by keeping a positive outlook and understanding there are two sides to every issue.
The British poet Stephen Spender wrote in one of his poems, “a hundred are killed in the outer suburbs, ah well, one carrys on.” This is wise because there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop the progression of violence and hatred except to educate, strive to do good things, and light a candle of warm light in your corner. Bad things happen plain and simple. Be grateful for what is you have, be happy about the gifts you’ve been given like health and peace. Where there are wars, refugees, slavery, and childhood exploitation, let’s see what we can do to reduce the misery and promote values that are designed for people to get along with each other, communicate freely, and promote personal freedom and healthy decisions and behaviors.
To the naysayers who say technology is the end of the beginning, I say that if this technological knowhow is used to promote health and communication, then get over your nitpicking ways and move on with your life.