As a repressed Luddite, I find this piece very refreshing. I've always had
a suspicion that modern technology promoted brain-rot, among other disagreeable
things. Ishmael went to sea when he felt freaky; I walk the Blue Ridge, staring
at trees, watching squirrels scurry about and clouds floating above me. Too many people nowadays need to be reintroduced to their thoughts,
their Center. 24 hours is a great start, but I'd recommend doing it once a
week. Perhaps on the Sabbath, for example.
as always, enjoyed another of jason's snapshots of life.had to
walk a couple of blocks today in a philippine torrent - another 'low
pressure system' west of us. wished the umbrella in the car had been with
me. my wife thought it was funny that we had an umbrella but not a towel. but
like many rain experiences, i am reminded that one thing i learned in vietnam is
that we don't melt in the rain.questions: was the car running?
when did jason finally get it back home?
Technological devices are tools. They work to make life easier.And
for the record, cars and ovens are technological tools, too. But no one feels
compelled to apologize for using those.Using modern technology is no
big deal and nothing to be ashamed of. Not using it is nothing to brag about or
be excited about.
As someone that frequently incurs the ire of of my wife because I forget to take
my phone with me, I can't really identify with being so dependent/addicted.
I do know that it is ridiculous the extent to which people talk about drivel on
their phones while ignoring the people they are with. Ridiculous seems to be
something we all have a talent for in one way or another.Many people
also use their cars too much. Fortunately ovens are boring enough that few seem
to struggle with using them in moderation. The point is that technology has
become the tail wagging the dog in too many people's lives. As long as
technology is used as a tool to achieve an independent goal or purpose, then it
is good. When the technology starts to become the purpose, that is a problem.
People can choose (or simple drift along) any course they wish in life. Other
people pointing out alternative choices is fine too.
Such a fun article to read! Thanks, Jason. Sounds like you have a darling