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Blog 279: The First Technology

Updated: Dec 13, 2022

Technology isn’t just around us; it is in us. From the obvious tech, such as pacemakers, hearing aids, and cochlear implants, to the not-so-obvious technologies of mood-altering drugs, anti-depressants, and anti-anxiety technology you might ingest, in pill form, daily.

Tech is us

Once the tech is adopted, it is here to stay and is never replaced except by something better. We will never be rid of our mobile phones or our horrible habits of hauling them out to check the screen until we can implant them into our bodies and see everything, all the time in our heads-up display.

We walked, then we rode horses, then we had horses pull carriages and then we invented the ‘horseless carriage,’ aka the automobile. The only thing I can think of that took a step forward and then a legitimate step back is the vinyl record. You should too.

Take a step back

A long time ago, some cave people sat around a fire for the first time and extended the day.

After the sun had set and the sky grew dark, they didn’t have to stop, lay down, or sleep because of the darkness. They just sat there, and presumably, one of them started, if not ‘talking,’ communicating.

Maybe one of them tried to remind everyone else of something that had happened earlier that day, or perhaps what should happen the next?

Use the tech you need and nothing that you don’t.

Figure out where you can take a step back.

Back to a warmer, less digital sound.

Back to the fireside.

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