Updated: Aug 11, 2022
28 Days of Gratitude – Day 16
I am simultaneous amazed, grateful, amused, and a little scared of technology. I am very grateful to have a way to instantaneously share this post with the world.
Growing up, my family consistently had a computer from the late 1980s onwards. If you remember using the old floppy disks, then you were most definitely around in the same era. I remember shifting from the old Encyclopaedia Britannica to Encarta.
I also recall using the World Wide Web when it first came out. There wasn’t a whole lot to look up when it first became available. It has come a long way since then.
When I was about 12, I decided to spend an entire school holiday learning to touch type from a thick A4 book that was stored in the computer desk. A few years later, in our Keyboarding class, the teacher got out the old typewriters for us to learn on. Her reasoning: she could then see the mistakes we made. It was kind of cool being given the opportunity to use the old typewriters, even though the school had plenty of computers.
At home we had the old VCR and video tapes. My parents had a manual cataloguing system set up. That way they could record months upon months of tv to watch later. Of an evening, they would flip through their book and find something to watch.
I loved my old Walkman. I would listen to music on mixed cassette tapes. Every now and then it would chew the ribbon and I’d have to wind it back in. One time my Walkman started to make a crunching noise. I opened it up and found a heap of tiny stones inside. I’d been sitting outside on the ground listening to it… my bad lol.
I also loved my Super Nintendo. It was strangely satisfying inserting the old cartridges. I'm kind of sad I gave it away in my mid 20s. I have memories of walking in the door after work each day... and my youngest brother nagging me non-stop until I stopped to play some games with him. Priorities, huh.
It has been very interesting seeing the progression of technology in this world. Not just computers, but all types of technology.
When technology is broken, it kind of sucks. For example, I’ve been having trouble with my video editing software. Because of this, I haven’t posted any videos for over a week now. But I figure it gives me a short break from making videos, so I’m not all that upset.
I recall a time when my brother spent probably 30 minutes on the computer when he was only 3 years old. He had a great old time apparently. My dad spent the next 3 days or so trying to recover files and undo the mess my brother created.
All kinds of technology can be awesome, but at times it can create problems for the user.
It can also create a fear in some and excitement in others, as new innovations are implemented; and we are taken on an adventure into the unknown.
Personally, I am a little skeptical of some of the newer technologies.
Grace, the healthcare robot creeps me out lol. Microchip implants give me the heebie-jeebies. And I become unsettled when technologies are being researched or implemented that will likely infringe on human rights.
My other concern has become, what happens to our environment as we continue to create and implement new technologies? Do we sufficiently offset the impact we have on the environment? At the moment, it is doubtful.
Having said that, there are many good things about technology. Here are but a few things we can do because of technology:
I love how I can go on Netflix and pick some random movie or show to watch…
How I can easily explore music of different genres, or different cultures…
How I can easily visit a place that is 100s of kms away if I so choose…
And can jump on a plane and travel to a different state or even country.
We have seen many innovations in this world that satisfy not only basic, but complex needs and wants. I’m not sure what life would look like if electricity and the common light bulb were never invented. It’s crazy to think of the wonderful minds that have had a hand in creating these technologies for us.
Although I hold some concern when it comes to technology; I am also truly grateful for the many different doors it opens for us.
BUT let’s not weaponize it. Let’s use it for good, not evil. And let’s be forever mindful of the impact we are having on the environment.
Consider sharing at least one thing per day for the next 28 days that you are truly grateful for If you would rather not share with friends, then feel free to join Embracing Our Inner Unicorn, where you can share with people on a similar journey to yourself:
Thank you for reading. Wishing you so many blessings today and always.
This content is created by Rachel Reeves, who has always been a deep thinker. She previously played the supporting role in the lives of those around her, and very much held back on sharing this gift fully with other's. This is Rachel stepping very much out of her comfort zone, into what she now knows to be her inner calling, and sharing her thoughts with the world.
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