I’m proud to be part of a generation that knows how to use a map. I can still remember my important phone numbers, in case I’m ever stuck using a pay phone. Hell, I remember what payphones look like. The generation that follows will be the completely useless when disconnected from the internet. The notion of memorizing anything will be obsolete. And we should feel bad about that.
We deem technological advancements to be progress, but that term’s been used too loosely. Progress implies the bettering of mankind. We foolishly assumed that making life easier would make the world a better place. But easier is seldom synonymous with better.
It’s important to have to struggle, otherwise we forget what’s important and what isn’t. For the past 50 years, people have begun to worry about smaller and smaller things. Once we feared the Nazis would wipe out entire nations, we feared nuclear holocausts, we feared civil war. And somewhere along the line, people started fearing killer bees, a nasty strain of the flu, and the fact that children are mean to each other.
One would expect that the easier life got, the less we’d worry, but instead we just started worrying about less and less. People make up strange anxieties because they have this great big space in their brain labeled FEAR and nothing worthwhile to file there.
An easier life has allowed us to lose touch with reality. We’re lacking perspective.
Maybe today, apathy is the only true rebellion.