Blog Response: We’re so Lucky…

We have no need to go out; the whole world ‘s on our phones

We have no need of imagination; in front of the television

We have no need to learn; Google has knowledge in spades

We have no need to cook; additives, a microwave, meals done

We have no need to walk; transportation abounds, belching fumes

We have no need to talk; texts, email, whats up? Constant chatter

We have no need to fight; one bomb, one will, mass destruction

We have no need of anything; life at the press of a button

We’re so lucky……………….aren’t we?

– Lisa

Just as Lisa’s poem states, advancements in technology has made many things redundant in our lives. There is no need to do a lot of the things that had to be done in the past.

However, while many people may use this as an excuse to not do anything, I feel that there is still much to be done despite all the things technology makes possible within the confines of our rooms.

“We have no need to go out; the whole world ‘s on our phones”

Yet the view of the world first-hand cannot be compared to the view through a screen. Breathing the air of nature and seeing the breathtaking scenery in person cannot be compared to simply staring at online photos. For example, the pictures I took while visiting Joshua Tree National Park and Red Rock Canyon cannot be compared to what it felt like to be there in person. Especially for someone who does not get to see such a wide landscape without buildings in sight on a regular basis.

 

“We have no need of imagination; in front of the television”

Entertainment mediums such as TV shows, books and other platforms show us creative and imaginative worlds. However, all stories come to an end. Sometimes it is up to us to think of what the future of the story could be. Have you ever truly been satisfied by the ending of your favourite series? Or did you wish it continued on for much longer? Many of us want to see more of the characters we have grown attached to and thus, fanfictions are created. Without imagination, one cannot expand on the world he has invested so much time in once the author ends it.

“We have no need to learn; Google has knowledge in spades”

Knowledge may be easily accessible on the Internet, but there are still many things we need to learn to develop skills we can apply in our daily lives. In fact, Google is more of a helpful platform which we can utilise to learn new things. Or more accurately, the Internet. When we do not know how to do something, we can Google it. We will likely find answers relevant to our questions and can learn more about what we want. For example, since I applied for SMU Information Systems Course, I decided I wanted to make use of my free time during my mandatory two years of national service to study some programming languages. With a simple Google search, I found an effective online learning platform called Udemy that has a myriad of online courses. Including JavaScript and Python courses relevant to my future studies as well.

“We have no need to cook; additives, a microwave, meals done”

While there are faster and easier ways to cook food than before, none are nearly as nutritious or healthy as a properly balanced home-cooked meal. At the same time, if you just try to learn to cook, you may feel that it is quite relaxing and rewarding. Especially if you have the knack for it.

“We have no need to walk; transportation abounds, belching fumes”

We may not need to walk, however, walking allows us to exercise and relax at the same time. Especially if we decide to take a walk in the park, where there are no nearby roads with vehicles releasing excessive volumes of fumes. In fact, many people who dabble in the creative arts take walks in parks to unwind when they are facing creative blocks.

“We have no need to talk; texts, email, whats up? Constant chatter”

Most of our conversations are now online, but only when we are physically apart. One would not trade talking to someone in person with talking online if they are not the type who is too shy to communicate with others face-to-face. Some things can only be conveyed face-to-face. Sarcastic jokes and emotional facial expressions are two examples of things that are harder to sense or impossible to witness if conversations are only held in online chat groups. With advancements in communication technology, we simply increase our opportunities to interact with those around us.

“We have no need to fight; one bomb, one will, mass destruction”

This would be true if all a country wanted to do is destroy all opposing countries. However, I believe that most countries invade or attack other countries because they want to take something from them. Be it land, people or natural resources. Thus, most of the time, a bomb is the last resort. The last resort they may not always be willing to use. So we must still fight. Nuclear weapons are more of a symbol to depict a threat, but one that is not very likely to be utilised due to the excessively harmful effects on the environment as well as the lack of benefits it brings. At least that is what I feel about nuclear weapons. Whether it is true or not, I hope I will not have to find out.

“We have no need of anything; life at the press of a button”

In all honesty, I agree. We do not need anything. Many things are automated and many more in the future. However, just because we have no need for anything does not mean that there is nothing in this world for us to do. We have many things we can do if we only wish for it and act on it. Not everything can be automated. Even if they can be, that does not mean you cannot do it as they used to in the old days.

All technology provides, is another option.

– K.A.L.T

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