Machines which ape people are tending to encroach on every aspect of people’s lives, and that such machines force people to behave like machines. The new electronic devices do indeed have the power to force people to “communicate” with them and with each other on the terms of the machine. Whatever structurally does not fit the logic of machines is effectively filtered from a culture dominated by their use.
The machine-like behaviour of people chained to electronics constitutes a degradation of their well-being and of their dignity which, for most people in the long run, becomes intolerable. Observations of the sickening effect of programmed environments show that people in them become indolent, impotent, narcissistic and apolitical. The political process breaks down, because people cease to be able to govern themselves; they demand to be managed.
Ivan Illich, 1982
“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. an alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”
― Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper
Sure, you’ve all been reading this blog long enough to know I’m a troubled soul. Troubled, in fact, by the very nature of the world we live in and the reality we perceive. I’ve read many theories, and have managed to form a few of my own, about what is real and what’s merely our brain’s way of filling-in the blanks. I have yet to come to any conclusions, mostly because these theories cannot be tested and cannot be easily confirmed or disproved.
I’ve recently stumbled on this page http://www.learning-mind.com/10-mind-blowing-theories-that-will-change-your-perception-of-the-world/ which has lead me to look into the different theories that are briefly explained there and re-think some of them over. Sometimes you focus on one thing too much, you forget there are other ways to go about a problem. And this one, it’s not easy. It’s a fundamental problem and its understanding is key to understanding life and at least try to find some purpose in your own existence. Otherwise, what do we have? We can pretend life is just a brief event that does not affect the universe, or we can at least try to understand. By exploring, searching and learning, we essentially learn that reality, above all, is what we make of it.