Sometimes the magic just works.
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I had a conversation recently with a guy questioning if we’ve become soft, ‘we’ being society in general, comparatively over the past 100 years. His point that all these conveniences we have and all these technologies we use have made us less able to function as human beings. Each new convenience makes us less able to cope without them.
First off, there was probably a guy 100 years ago, 10 years before the invention of sliced bread, BTW, who feared they were soft compared to 100 years before that, when economic distribution systems were such that there was no bread at all unless one made it themselves if indeed they could access both flour and yeast. Secondly, all these conveniences and technologies are just tools. A tool is just a device that makes it easier to do something. We are tool making creatures. It’s what we’re supposed to do. Take the tool away and we might be pissed off, but most people, given a loaf of unsliced bread, can still figure a way to break it into edible sections; might take a bit of experimentation, but we’ll figure it out. We’re just as likely to be pissed off when a tool for doing something easier does NOT exist – not YET – and even more likely when we can’t figure out how to use the tools we have (leading to thoughts of returning to bygone days when there weren’t as many tools to learn, forgetting, of course, that those bygone days were crap. But I digress). More likely, it’s people out of the past who would be unable to function in today’s world than vice versa. Remember your grand father or your great grand father (I realize time stretches farther for some of us than others)? Can you imagine them trying to set up a wi-fi network, let alone understand it?
Can you imagine them trying to decipher a 2019 news cycle? Bogles the mind, doesn’t it? Whether the magic works or not, be grateful for the opportunity to fall under it.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.