A Generation of Idiots?
Or An Army of Bad-Asses?
“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” – Albert Einstein
These days it does not seem to matter if a group of two or more people are out driving and supposedly enjoying the sights, having coffee with their friends, visiting a museum or taking off to enjoy a day at the beach.
These people will still be stuck in their so-called SmartPhones, rarely conversing or making eye-contact with each other. And if they are, they are severely and heavily distracted by the hand held technology in their death grip.
This holds the same for a pair of best friends hanging out together, out at
the game cheering for their favorite sports team, a group attempting to
enjoy a scrumptious dinner or even out on what should have been an intimate date.
It does not matter what the setting is, it seems that people are
perpetually stuck on their phones, tablet and laptops without very much more meaningful communication.
Has the world really brought up a generation of idiots?
Well, when I was an FaceBook the other day, one of my former KickBoxing and Capoeira
students Ken, posted a photo of a few cartoon characters walking with
their neck bent over as they stared into the glow of the SmartPhone.
The caption read: “Where did all the fun people go?”
I don’t think the SmartPhones and technology are responsible for the so-called generation of idiots, but the way technology is being used has not necessarily helped very much. The key is how the tech is being used.
My observation of all media and most other things is that the benefit or damage is done not by the media or technology itself, but in the way it is being used. We could be, maybe even should be using mass communication in a different way.
But this is all a matter of choice. Whether a person is actually, or considered a genius like Albert Einstein, or if a person is actually or considered an idiot is really entirely up to the individual.
By their daily actions and the moment by moment decisions that they make,
people will either be a generation of mindless idiots who are detached
from everything; including themselves, or, be mindful geniuses who are fully engaged with the world around them in loving and beautiful acts of love and creation.
Release Your Inner Genius!