Reliance on a Fragile Creature

Sometimes as I walk, I find myself musing on things. On this day, I was thinking about technology and wondering how long it can last as it becomes increasingly complicated.

And it’s so amaz… [Someone is passing by.]

“Hi.” [Embarrassed laugh]

It’s so amazing what all of this technology can do. But the frightening part is, it could all be gone in the blink of an eye. And all of our records—all of these wonderful videos and photographs and knowledge that have been recorded—are all recorded on the very technology that could collapse.

And so, records for the future will be relatively scant. Right now, we’ve got so much information. Just information beyond belief—visually, intellectually. But if we’re ever knocked back to the Dark Ages (which I don’t think would be that hard to do with our reliance on all of this), all of the knowledge we gained will disappear in a flash. And it may literally be in a flash. A giant magnetic disturbance, either man-made or nature-made could happen at any time. And with all of the natural disasters, technology may just not seem that important after a while. What people are going to care about is surviving day to day.

So, I think we’re on a precarious path. I think all of this technology at this point is fragile. We need so many resources just to produce it—just to produce the technology needed to function. That’s the physical aspect. And then relatively few people know how all of this stuff works and, even then, they need the technology and tools to make it work. So again, very fragile.

We’ve created this great, wonderful creature, but it’s a little unsteady.

Photo by documol with Pixabay

Published by cafsamsel

Carol Fullerton-Samsel is a nearly-native Floridian who lives with her husband of 25 years and three rescue animals. She has a passion for day-hiking and nature, and also enjoys writing. Be sure to visit the TenPaths YouTube channel, which is still in its infancy.

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