You know how like in sci-fi movies, people in the future are always wearing mylar? Well, I was just wondering when that’s going to happen to us. Like when will we trade in our Levis for mylar? Because I’m pretty sure we’re in the future. Yes, I know that we’re technically in the present, but, you’ve got to admit, it’s a pretty futuristic present.
True, there still aren’t flying cars, but there are cars that know how to park themselves. And Andy Warhol said that in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes – that’s pretty much how it is now too. And I just saw this new device advertised on Facebook, called Live Scribe, which is a pen that records what you’re hearing as you write it, but the futuristic part is that if you want to know what was being said at a particular time that you jotted down your notes, you just tap your pen on that section of notes, and the pen plays back the audio you’re looking for. The paper itself, is somehow a computer, and if this is not a sign that we’re in the future, I don’t know what is.
So other then my liking to talk about cool gadgets, what’s the point of mentioning all this? I guess I’m wondering how a planet of people that’s made so many breakthroughs in so many areas, could still have so many people missing the answer to the most basic of all questions: what are we doing here in the first place?
In the past, one could argue that your average person was too busy working a field, trying to get food and stay warm to have any time to ask such lofty questions. But nowadays, in the Western world at least, most of us don’t have to worry about our daily survival. Technology has given us the luxury of more time, but we seem to fill that extra time with more technology. Who can fit philosophical discourse into their schedule when they’ve got 1000 hours worth of songs to listen to on their I-pod, e-mails to answer and You Tube videos to watch? Even taxi cabs in New York City are now equipped with televisions. If the noise and the distractions never stop, when will there be time to consider the questions that matter most?
While it’s true that humanity has made unbelievable advances, especially in recent times, we must not lose sight of the fact that if we aren’t able to answer the simplest of life’s questions, none of the rest of it matters too much.