I am what I am
and maybe that is what
I‘ve always wanted to be
or maybe not.
now that I am what I am,
and now that I know
that I cannot be any different,
all I can do is
tell you how it feels to be me
not even that.
Those who are satisfied with technology say that we have entered the digital age. Whereas, those who still think that technology can make our lives better say that, we are entering the digital age. Whatever the case might be, it’s certain that we are changing and we have changed a lot, especially in the past few years. We cannot stop change from happening. Change is the law and everything changes for the better. But, the problem is, in past few years, we have changed so quickly that we seem to have lost touch with some of the important values of our past.
Technology is quickly stealing from our lives things that make it worth living. We have so much, but still we yearn for more. There has never been a generation so filled with a desire to achieve something. Though this desire to achieve is necessary for the growth of an individual or a community, however, it would only be fruitful if it adds to the achievements of our past. If it replaces them, then it might prove disastrous. To better understand the situation let us reckon few of the invaluable things that we are slowly loosing because of rising modernization.
Sense of wonder
There was a time when people (especially kids) used to be mesmerized by such simple things. You didn’t have to do much in order to awake their sense of wonder. A simple movie, a greeting card, a letter, all these things used to make everyone so happy. We had few possessions but we used to value them so dearly.
But, what has happened now? We send greetings to tons of people on Facebook every day. We send thousands of messages. We have countless virtual friends and material possessions. Nevertheless, material things don’t make us happy anymore. It seems like because of quantity, we have lost the touch with quality.
One can say that our generation spends too much of time alone. However, it doesn’t mean that we live in solitude. The word solitude has some sort of a poetical meaning to it. It has often been associated with religion and meditation. But right now, this very piousness of solitude is being stolen by our smartphones. You can never say that a person who is engaged on his smartphone is spending his time in solitude. But, this is what we do when we are alone. We have learnt how to discover things on the internet, but we seem to have forgotten how to discover things within ourselves.
We see people over the internet who seem so intelligent and so good looking. Pretension has become extremely easy in digital age. The difference between who we actually are and what we pretend to be is becoming greater with each passing day. Honesty means accepting your mistakes and acknowledging your stupidity. But, this is something people rarely do nowadays. There are just people wanting to be great, and there are others who pretend to be great. Nobody likes to be a simple human being. Honesty has become out of fashion.
Love for nature
Yet another form of pretension that we indulge in is our love for nature. It isn’t hard to find people over the internet who say that they are nature lovers. At times, you’d come across people that came back from a one day trip to a hill station with thousands of pictures. This makes us wonder whether they really love nature or pretend to do so. It is clear that they were more interested in taking pictures than admiring the beauty of the landscape.
For modern day youth poetry is simply words that rhyme. They don’t understand the beauty of it. Their minds are filled with myriad impressions of Television serials and fast-paced movies. It is impossible for them to comprehend the subtle beauty of poetry. No wonder there aren’t a few people that say that poetry is dead now.
We don’t go out to buy groceries, we don’t have to go out to pay bills, we can do all these things within a few minutes using our smartphones. This has helped us in saving our valuable time. But, on the other hand, it has made our time a bit too valuable. We can’t wait for anything now. Slow internet is the reason why most of the people are sad nowadays. They don’t know how to be patient. They don’t realize that being patient could be the solution of many of their problems.
No matter how many blames we heap on technology, it has certainly done us a lot of good. It is just the overindulgence in it that is making us sick. So, we must find ways to make sure that we don’t spend the entire day in front of our laptop or smartphones. Life is still beautiful, but unless we see it the way it is, we won’t be able to live it the way we should.