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Technology and its corruption…

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

I was listening to a song from 1969 by Zager and Evans this evening.  The lyrics kinda made me stop to think.  I don’t remember which year they quoted, so I will arbitrarily take one from the sky…

In the year 6565
Ain’t gonna need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube

The song itself is full of ironies of similar, what may have been seen as grandiose ideas in ’69, but really aren’t that far fetched now.  How much has technology corrupted human nature?  No, more correctly, how much has human nature corrupted technology?  We drive cars because we’re too lazy to walk.  We ride scooters and segways because we can’t walk a mile.  I’m guilty of this — I’m not innocent of this.  I doubt anyone is except what we would consider a third world nation.  But is it ironic that despite disease and parasitic infections,  these third world nations have some of the longest living people on the face of this corrupt earth?  I’m not preaching against technology, but we are abusing it in such a way that we are literally killing ourselves due to relentless laziness.

Thirty years ago, trigonometry was taught to students at a college level.  Now we teach it to 16 year olds who are aided by a calculator and are too stupid to figure it out longhand or by looking it up in a damn book.  I read an article earlier today that kids working fast food jobs have to use a calculator because they can’t perform simple math.

How far we have come…and how far have we set ourselves back because of our inability to rely on mans greatest growth, the human brain?

Just food for thought…