I feel the urge, often, to disconnect from the internet, television, phone, digital media, and everything in between. Sometimes I catch myself doubting my knowledge so much, that google has become my best friend and dictionary.com a close acquaintance. I even find it hard, though not impossible, to spell words I used to know, be confident in my thoughts, or know what is authentic. Technology can now park cars for us, mass manufacture product with limited man power, replace our conversations, interactions, and certainly our positive thought.
A person, now a days, has to be involved through social media and as much as I don't like it, we have to have a presence on the internet to create success in this technological world. This has changed many of our industries, made it easier for supply and demand, and handed creative control over to big corporations who have the money to meet the demand. What I find is, the big conglomerates may be profiting, but products, services, and manufactured art are so readily available we are diluting our local arts, culture, and talented people in our own communities. The world of technology allows everyone to do their own thing and get what they want with the click of a button, but are you truly happy?
I feel we have lost quality, true talent, in depth connections, compassion, and human interaction within a jumble of webpages, social media accounts, businesses, personal blogs, etc. Most of the time, I find out about tough situations, events, monumental life moments, and even death through social media instead of from the person or family themselves. Life seems to have become systematic rather than passionate, money rules over happiness, and technology has replaced face to face communication.
I try, as much as possible to still be present. I show support by going to trade shows, live music events, networking events, productions, and much more because I know how much effort, planning, time, sweat, and tears people have to put in. There are many great, supremely talented, and intelligent individuals who are losing their houses, cars, businesses, and most of all their passion.
They are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and stressed.
This saddens me.
We were not born to stare at a screen all day, feel alone, work until we die, stress ourselves out, walk through life on auto pilot, learn about people through the internet, be unhappy with our job, watch depictions of reality, build worlds in games, grow hostile, or become disconnected from our basic necessities, instincts, and relationships.
We are so talented as a species. Technology can be an asset with the will power to disconnect from the internet and reconnect with mankind. We all share the earth, and technology alone can neither maintain our health, our environment, nor make us feel truly fulfilled. Without this planet or each other, we cease to exist.
Where would you be without technology?
Could you survive?
What do you do to be present locally already?
What would it take to turn off the TV and experience local culture and people?
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