Does the ‘Wired’ generation need to be ‘Dewired’?

Right from being a crude food gatherer in the feral world of the Paleolithic age, which thrived on the fundamental principle of ‘survival of the fittest’, to being at the helm of highly advanced science and technology – altogether, the expanse of human evolution has been enormously vast. Today when the world is touted as a global village, it is only because science has breached bastions, scaling heights one could not even dream of or imagine half a century ago. Whether it is conducting a medical surgery sitting miles away from the patient, exploring outer space, drilling out oil from veins, lodes, trenches and crevices embedded deep in the sea bed or even travelling across nations within a few hours for that matter–human beings, being terribly astute, have conveniently utilized nature’s resources to modify the once-upon-a-time rudimentary world which they received into this absolutely tech-savvy one, where they are now ensconced. Using the available natural resources and coupling the entire process with great enterprise and capital, human beings have transformed the world to their advantage, convenience and comfort. And why shouldn’t they? Their hard work, determination and perseverance has paid off, and so, reaping the harvest of their toil becomes anything but a crime.

I have a confession to make – I typed this article on the computer, and yes, I did have the I-pod in my ears as I penned down these words. And I wonder whether I actually would have done any better had I written this by hand, perhaps amidst the beauty of nature. Now the question is whether we humans really need a reality check, wherein we need to be “dewired” from this tangled mess of technology? The answer is in front of you, and no, one needn’t Google it. It’s that simple. Technology, poor thing–we embrace it if and when required, and question it in moments like these just for the sake of arguing. We marvel at how the cricket match at Lord’s is for everyone to see, thanks to global broadcasting networks and how the mobile phones help us remain connected, thereby restoring the smile on a worried mother’s face, and yet, we continue to argue whether it is a bane or boon to our existence.

In reality, with every era, there comes its definition. The Renaissance, for instance, was the period of ideas taking birth, shape and form. The Industrial Revolution sang the anthem of trade, large-scale factories and mass production. The Dark Ages spelt turmoil. And now, we live in the age of computers and technology, of man reaching the Moon and stars. In spite of that, we question the very ideals this era breathes in. Charles Darwin said it, and I think one needs to reiterate the fact that evolution has happened and will continue to happen. Evolution is not just about the absence of the wisdom tooth, but it’s also about the evolution of lifestyles, outlooks and perspectives. If one chooses to question this so-called onslaught of technology, then so must one question the obvious absence of one’s third eye-lid.

Thus, these “wires” are not shackles around our ankles and neither are they strings to us puppets, they, in fact, are ribbons heralding a new tomorrow. So, de-wiring you say? Sure, bring it on. I love my new wireless mouse!

Ishani Kundu

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