But is it? As a species we have only been aware for a short time. Archeology and anthropology are disciplines that delve into the scientific study of human activity. I am sure some would say we have progressed amazingly fast but perhaps too fast. We barely have time to understand our innovations before they are replaced by something better, faster, stronger . . .
In the seventies I wrote a poem called “In The Year Two Thousand”. It was probably written for an English Class. I don’t remember how it was received but it stayed with me. Just a few lines:
We are playing with explosives
New technologies are so powerful
That they alone could abolish society
We are so excited by the next ‘new’ thing we don’t stop to question what we are doing. That may be a mistake. If your boat springs a leak, fix that before you invent a new propulsion system.
We have survived World Wars, pandemics, and terrorists’ attacks and we are still here. Why have we not fixed the issues that led to these problems? Hatred, poverty, diseases are rampant and yet we are excited by a new phone. A phone. Yes, it does allow us to keep in touch with each other and it is a great tool. I am afraid it has become a tether.
It really is only one section of society that is connected to the cell phone. A great deal of our world has neither the technology or the resources to support that technology. A great deal of our world is only concerned with living. They are concerned with finding enough food and shelter and safety. We have become complacent in far too much of our world. With complacency comes arrogance.
But we live in a world that is rich with resources. We live in a world that is wealthy beyond belief with raw talent. There is such an incredible beauty here right in front of us and yet too many focus solely on a 4 x 6” screen with pretty lights. Have we gotten our priorities skewed?
More than any other era, we are living in a time when almost anything is possible. Almost. There is one thing that seems to be lacking, the one thing that could change our world immeasurably, one thing. And it is not something brand-new. It is not something exotic and rare. Will. One little word. The problem is it is more than just a word. It is action, it is a force and it is an idea. And we all know there is no greater weapon then an idea. Once it is entrenched it cannot be stopped.
But our will has been subverted by pretty shining things that distract us from the problems we need to fix.
Both young and old will have to brave
The pressures of the future
As we walk blinded into darkness…..