“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
― Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry Into the Limits of the Possible
I am grateful for technology, sometimes. But I miss face-to-face human interaction the most. Touching, feeling, looking into the eyes of another to see the soul. Technology tries, but fails to replace real human interaction and connection.
― Lisa Preisler
But I am grateful for technology during these Rona times
— not as you would think
Rarely watch television
But technology is sometimes a wonderful thing
It allows us to stay in touch with those individuals we wish to — coupled with intuition prompting background checks, it allows one to block individuals one does not wish to be associated with.
Technology allows us to talk to friends regularly who are far away
to listen to glorious music that drowns out noise and uplifts the spirit.
It fosters learning and expansion of ideas.
Allows work from home.
It can be used to keep abreast with the outside world when we choose to do so.
However, technology can be a double-edged sword when it takes away from face-to-face conversation and promotes false intimacy.
“That’s sad. How plastic and artificial life has become. It gets harder and harder to find something…real.” Nin interlocked his fingers, and stretched out his arms. “Real love, real friends, real body parts…”
― Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life
“I suppose it’s not a social norm, and not a manly thing to do — to feel, discuss feelings. So that’s what I’m giving the finger to. Social norms and stuff…what good are social norms, really? I think all they do is project a limited and harmful image of people. It thus impedes a broader social acceptance of what someone, or a group of people, might actually be like.”
― Jess C Scott, New Order
But all technology can be turned off for quiet reflection.
While there are pros and cons to technology, the positive outweighs the negative. Sometimes.
“Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons