It’s stupid when the media emphasizes women and children getting killed. Something that kills or injures a hardworking father should be just as upsetting as one that kills or injures a hardworking mother. The loss of any human life is a tragedy regardless of gender, race, age, and beliefs.
"Now the crucial paradox which confronts us here is that the whole process of education occurs within a social framework and is designed to perpetuate the aims of society. Thus, for example, the boys and girls who were born during the era of the Third Reich, when educated to the purposes of the Third Reich, became barbarians. The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions, to say to himself this is black or this is white, to decide for himself whether there is a God in heaven or not. To ask questions of the universe, and then learn to live with those questions, is the way he achieves his own identity. But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around. What societies really, ideally, want is a citizenry which will simply obey the rules of society. If a society succeeds in this, that society is about to perish. The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it – at no matter what risk. This is the only hope society has. This is the only way societies change."
- James Baldwin, A Talk to Teachers
Technology is great. It is allowing us to accomplish millions of things we never thought were possible. We can communicate with people across the globe and have access to a plethora of resources to answer any question that might cross our mind. But in the long run it might not be as amazing as we originally thought.
Imagine a time without Google. Let’s say you wanted to know how a light bulb worked. You would have to think about extensively, go to a library, actively research it (read books!), and consult with other people. After this long process you would truly understand the mechanisms of a light bulb.
Now, whenever I have a question I type it into Google. Within seconds I understand the basics of a light bulb and forget about it within an hour. The whole process requires minimal effort and thinking. Technology has conditioned us to want our information instantaneously with the least amount of effort involved as possible. It is making people become lazy and entitled.
I can see this phenomenon reflected in my university. In classes we all want great grades but don’t really want to put effort into them. We sleep during classes and occasionally get homework off the internet. And at the end of it all we get really pissed when we don’t have a 4.0. And that’s worrisome because someday we will be running the world.
I don’t say this to insult all my peers. I see it occurring in myself. My computer is allowing my brain to slowly deteriorate. It is making me lazy and entitled. And I don’t really think there is much anybody can do about it. The world is a now place where we are dependent upon technology. If we lose power for a few hours things turn into absolute chaos. The thought of not having technology is inconceivable. And that just really sucks.
Maybe the Amish had it right all along.