I think the cell phone appendage is literally slowly killing us. From the potential damage of the EMF radiation to the studies that showed when people check their emails, they literally stop breathing. What kind of damage is this doing to humanity? Breath is life, no life, no breath. People are dying, basically, for short spurts while reading emails. Consider that while adding how many emails, on average, a person in bombarded with daily...
Qing Tian wrote:
Overall my impression is that inter-personal consideration is on a precipitous decline across all areas of societal life. I guess there may well be a breaking point somewhere in the not-too-distant future.
I tend to think as more people move back towards the natural world, stick their feet in the dirt and realize we need to return to nature in many ways for many different benefits, that will be the change we are looking for. Well, that's me anyhow...
It's always a challenge for me to stay in a conversation because most people talk about stuff that is really boring to me, shows on TV, Movies, Sports, what's popular and trivia stuff. I am the one to phase out….. I actually study what is popular right now so I can carry on a meaningful conversation with my now ex coworkers and my husband's friends. Not many people want to listen about my latest Dharma book, painting, seed acquisition, or garden pest problem.
Most of the time when we go out with friends they are so preoccupied with their phones all my study is for not!
I actually feel this way as well. People ask me what I do for fun, I usually say reading, they ask me what I'm reading.... then it goes no where because literally no one else I know is reading Dharma :p. Its sort of like fight club. You don't talk about Dharma, just "do it" so to speak. But then what are we talking about? There is always that divide. I care what I care about and the other person cares what they care about. Rarely do the subjects overlap in my experience. I try to focus on what information is practical and that I can use in some way for multiple benefits...
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
My guess is that within a generation or two (provided something apocalyptic doesn't send us back to hunter gatherer status or something) there will be a major kind of cultural revolt from a chunk of the population against the direction this kind of tech-aided consumerism has taken us in. It won't be a Luddite "chuck it all" approach, but hopefully an attempt to adopt a saner lifestyle regarding things like phones, and a better way of interacting...even in a basic social sense I think if things like Google glass ever begin replacing phones, the hit to people's socialization would be ten times what it is now, people will literally lose any semblance of skill in face to face interaction that they have now.
I think it takes such an incredibly long time for our physiology to evolve or adapt to whatever particular input that it seems like there will be either a breaking point or the immense stress of the exponential advancement at breakneck speed of technology will actually start to devolve our genetics. Those who are more aware will start to step back, like some already are, but I fear for the kids who are growing up now and in future generations. Considering the epigenetic effects of technology on pregnant woman transferring to the baby, then the baby being born into this light speed world, ever younger and younger children receiving cell phones and the effects of that on society etc, etc...
I would like to be positive and point out that humans adapt to an incredible range of circumstances, but how quickly can that really happen?
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche has asked all his students to join him in taking one weekend a month off from phones and internet starting this year. And to use the time for family, practice, self-nurturing in nature etc.
I don't have an iphone so that part isn't a problem for me. I don't watch tv either, so internet is my source for news. But no bad news for two days sure won't hurt me.
I did this for a year after we moved from living in downtown Chicago to my home state here in Oregon back in 2010. I can honestly say I am addicted to the net and I had withdrawals. Thank goodness I could remember what it was like without the net and draw on my old habits of reading and hobbies. I had a life before the net, many folk don't have that basis to draw from.
These are amazing ideas. It is so freeing to go even just a day or two without technology... really good stuff.