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.
Today I was sitting in the library at 5:23 pm and all of the sudden my phone made the BBC noise. Nelson Mandela had passed away. I started crying.
Everyone around me continued to study.
I’m trying to grow up—I’m trying to understand other people and have an open mind.
I texted my friend. She didn’t know who Nelson Mandela was. Everyone in the library continued to study. Nobody cared. I’m trying to be accepting but sometimes people just suck.
Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest men to ever live and still life didn’t stop. Life never stops and sometimes it should. For Nelson Mandela the world should have stopped.
In my generation there is no equivalent to Nelson Mandela. And I’m worried we will never have one.
Our generation is more concerned about the death of actors and the Kardashians. Last weekend I saw so many posts about the death of Paul Walker. I am sure Paul Walker was a great man but he didn’t end apartheid in South Africa. He didn’t spend over a quarter of a century in prison fighting for his beliefs. And yet, Paul Walker received much more attention on my Facebook timeline than Nelson Mandela did.
I’m worried that my future children won’t be able to cry over the passing of a great leader. I’m worried they will only be able to cry for the death of Justin Bieber.