Do you remember the way that things used to be? Do you remember a time when you used to walk places or ride your bike? Do you remember a time when you needed to memorize someone's phone number? Yeah...me too.
Yesterday, Stacie D (@freedomtowrite) and I were watching a show that reminded me of the times that we are currently living in. Someone was hired to house sit for someone, but there were also nanny cams involved. This meant that the house owner trusted the person enough to do the task...but not enough to be in their home unsupervised.
We are creating situations where people can't even grow as people. We are struggling to develop what may be the most important thing....Character. We struggle with integrity, because everything is videoed so we are forced into it instead of wanting it. We struggle with trusting others, because we can always see what other people are doing and somehow that makes us feel in control but uneasy.
We are living in a time in history that we have more technology than has ever existed (as far as we know). We hear all of the time that all of this advancement is just that...advancement, but I don't think that we are advancing. I believe that we are losing ourselves. I believe that we are losing the very thing that God designed us to be.
We are living in a time when we can google any question we have, but we can't actually store it in our long term memory. On average, people have about a 15 minute attention span. We don't walk anywhere..crap...we hardly move around if we don't have to. There is more processed food available for consumption today, but yet we are all more ill than we can remember our older family members ever being.
I believe that we were made to be. That would mean that we were made to exist and have experiences. We have the tools within us to do anything we want, and sometimes it just takes time to master it.
Our bodies are the most advanced piece of technology on the planet, but we get excited over the newest smartphone. Our bodies take a piece of food and tear it apart and then turn it into a human...but that isn't as cool as a computer.
Our bodies are built to heal when it is injured. It is made to store information in the short term or the long term. It was made to connect with other people. To look someone in the eyes when you talk, and actually connect.
Maybe this is me having that 1980's Christmas kind of nostalgia where everything just seemed more amazing. Maybe the time before technology was the best time in human history. In the future they are going to look back at us and wonder how we are all even alive. I wonder that myself. We are so far from what we could be, and we are letting all of our natural function be replaced by technology...because for some reason we think that easier is better.
I'm not sure it is.