Sunday, September 02, 2007

the road to nowhere



the first time i saw an add for an iphone something stirred inside of me. a question.

WHAT'S THE POINT?!

seriously. i don't mean an iphone in specific. i talking about something deeper here. what's our aim? is there a point that we're going to invent something and we'll all say, "finally. this is what we've been working for. i'm satisfied now." if not, why are we doing this? why do we keep making these advances in technology? what's the point? all that most of these "advances" serve to do is make us more efficient workers to further these industries under the guise of getting the money we need from a job to buy all of these things that we produce. at the point in history i've been born into, i feel that things move way too fast. and all that is wanted is more. more time. more energy. more efficiency. more money. more advances. which leaves less for friends, family, and fun. it robs you of the ability to be able to just enjoy your life because of life.

why? are we honestly trying to get somewhere? and if not, can we stop going nowhere at 180 mph? even if any business achieves their goal, isn't there a point of maximum density? if everyone has your product, if everyone is a customer of yours, where do you go from there? how do you keep growing? and even if we did, why should we want to?

i'm not saying technology is bad. i'm not a ludite. i, in fact enjoy several different technologies myself and do not wish to see them go away if it can be helped. i'm just wondering if we can simply restructure our world a little bit to not only be a benefit to the smallest percentage of the population. (and i'm talking about the globe here.) is there a way we can figure out how to take these things with us out from under the system we are trapped inside? and if we can't, is it these things that tie us here instead of simply walking away from a sinking ship?

4 comments:

Valorosa said...

Peace Jon... :-)

About wisdom:

I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, to endow those who love me with wealth,
that I may fill their treasuries.
The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills I was brought forth;
While He had not yet made the earth and the fields,
nor the first dust of the world. When He established the heavens, I was there,
when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
when He made firm the skies above, when the springs of the deep became fixed, when He set for the sea its boundary so that the water would not transgress His command,
when He marked out the foundations of the earth;
then I was beside Him, as a master workman; and I was daily His delight,
rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having my delight in the sons of men.
Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways.
Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.
For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD.
But he who sins against me injures himself;
All those who hate me love death."

Proverbs 8

Nate said...

Jon, I got you. 100%. One day, I wrote down all of the ways that you could get in touch with me, if you needed to, for my new business card. Let me list them:
Home Phone
Office Phone
Cell Phone
Voice Mail System
Office email
Home email
restaurant eamil
Text Message Number
Home Address
Office Address
Training Department Address

That is one of the times I realized that I had to simplify. Not run away, but get my life to a speed I liked, controlled, and enjoyed. It make me weird, because people can't understand why I don't care about celebrities, cool new stuff, houses, cars, video game systems, cell phones, fashion, cool furniture, etc... etc... I don't NEED much. So I like to have only what I need.

I am sure that this is coming from some of the ARG philosophies. Those guys are AGGRESSIVE.

jON said...

yeah, but that's one of the qualities i like about them. they're all about growing and expanding their boundaries and reach and i'm going to ride that wave back to duluth, reconnect with friends, and watch something beautiful grow. so i can handle it.

and either the company is different or only the supervisor i work for is different, but they really take great care to protect the personal lives of their employees.

which is cool. i'm all for anyone who wants to help protect my personal life.

Rachel said...

I think we need the "more" to validate our existence. Society searches for a purpsose, and when it's not found in God, or organised religion it focuses on advancement. I don't think we advance because we feel we need the technology per se, I think we advance becuase we know deep down there must be more, a higher purpose for us. If evolution is your thing then advancement is a necessary commodity to help you adhere to your chosen faith!