What Has Technology Cost Us?

I often find myself marveling at the technology around us. The leaps we’ve made just in my lifetime are nothing short of staggering! Most everyone carries around all the information in the world on their cellphones. You can learn just about anything on YouTube. Even people who don’t have much money have climate control. But what have we lost in this process?There are some wonderful things in the modern world. But we’ve lost so many things in the process too. In many ways it feels like we’ve lost much of what makes us human. Degenerative diseases are becoming commonplace. Obesity is on the rise. Many people don’t know their neighbors. And to top it off, almost no one in the developed world has any connection at all with the land. Do you know where your food came from?

We’ve also decided it would be a great idea to sell most of our time to an employer so that we can buy all of this wonderful technology. As a result, most of us spend most of our time going somewhere we don’t want to be so we can do something we don’t want to do. I’m not sure it’s a good deal.

I often wonder if there’s a way to find a balance any more. I’m sure there is, but I think it will require a drastic shift in priorities. I think this shift is coming just from what I see from people trying to adjust this modern world to the way they want to live.

It’ll be interesting to see what the next 20 years will bring. The past 20 have brought things that I wouldn’t have dreamed possible when I was a kid!

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