Most of us have a smartphone that has hundreds of contacts, if not thousands in them. Many of us have social media accounts with a huge number of people to follow or who follow us. We talk to all these people at various intervals and with some of them it’s really very often. Yet we feel lonely.
Albert Einstein famously remarked in a conversation with Werner Heisenberg, he said, “You know in the West, we’ve built a beautiful ship and in it has all the comforts. But actually the one thing it doesn’t have is a compass. And that’s why it doesn’t know where it’s going.”
How lucky it is to live in a generation where there is freedom to use technology. But what is it for? A Smartphone is more of an obsession than a device of communication. A way of keeping up to ensure that the doorway of opportunity and connectivity is wide open so long as you keep your head bent, fingers moving and mouth shut. Preparing ourselves for a world that looks and behaves completely different by the time we look up and look around, pushing ourselves to achieve rather than intrigue and we believe this is the path to success?
This paradox of our times was propounded by Dalai Lama when he said, “We have wider freeways but narrower viewpoints. We have taller buildings but shorter tempers.” And it’s phenomenal how the same technology that brings us close to those who are far away takes us far away from the people that are actually close. The absurdity of our generation is that we have more degrees but less sense. More knowledge but less judgement. More experts but less solutions. It was Martin Luther King who said the irony of our times is that we have guided missiles but misguided men.
Have you ever found it perplexing that we have been all the way to the moon and back but we struggle to start a conversation across the road or across the train? Do we actually thrive off this paradox? This paradox makes the media interesting or it’s what makes journalism interesting, it’s what makes politics interesting, it’s what makes television interesting? Is this paradox actually what we feed off and what we live off and what we talk about and discuss in our circles? Doesn’t it seem that we’ve tried to clean up the air but polluted our soul, we’ve split the atom but not our prejudice, and we’re aiming for higher incomes but we have lower morals?
Technology isn’t bad but what is it for? Is it about making a connection? Is it about keeping quiet or is it about finding your voice? Is it about following a single robotic pattern or is it about finding your own connect?
It is essential that we get intentional to make technology more experiential, let people be more influential than referential because only then will communication reach its full potential.
About the author
Cletus D’Souza is an artist with words being the favourite ingredient of his palette. When not writing, he is either troubleshooting technical problems or spreading smiles through innovations, he observes the miracles around.