Not Good, Not Bad, just a Tool! It is human to attach meaning to everything that touches our lives. However, I think we forget that meaning comes from motivation not from the inanimate object. There is no meaning in sand, it covers the beach it provides a surface to walk upon. It becomes meaningful through metaphor; through experience and through use.
Same can be said of technology. It is created by humans and therefore by its very creation we attach meaning to it. Step back, and look at it through dispassionate eyes. It is a tool, it is only meaningful because each and every person who uses it gives it their own meaning, their own significance.
At the heart of the matter we could say that it is both creation and destruction. It is the meaning which changes but the object itself has not changed. It can give life, or take it from us. Bring us closer, tear us apart or languish in a heap cluttering our planet. The object has not changed, our motivation and experience is what determines our perception of the object.
We have devices today that we hold in our hand. They allow us to learn, to communicate, to record and document and to share our lives as we have never been able to do. We can wrinkle spacetime by the push of a button and bring those we love into our lives at a moment’s notice. We are able to capture moments and forever still the magic to be recalled at a time when our memory fails us. We can bring together the world, fight injustice, blanket it with sound, color and vibration. We are limited by our imagination, our motivation and our creativity.
Technology is our tool, it will help us build our legacy, it is the summation of our creativity and it is limited only through those limits which we place upon ourselves. Destruction comes with misuse, misunderstanding, arrogance, ignorance, greed and ultimately the lack of respect for the power that lies behind the tool. It is our mind, our will that powers our tools, and that power comes from the meaning we bestow upon them.
Do we look to the future we would be a part of? Do we see the meaning or do we cloak it in fear. Have we forgotten not so long ago as a race we struggled for survival and existence, and now we struggle to not destroy ourselves for our existence. Technology is the tool of this age, but it is but a moment in our history and our future will bring other tools. Maybe it is time that we humans stopped looking to blame our tools for our downfall and to look within ourselves and ask if it is our motivations which we need to examine.
Would it not be a better world if we listened more, spoke less, respected more and criticized less, used our tools to capture light and dispelled the notion that dark was an inevitability of our condition. It is not the technology that we should think upon critically but our motivation for its existence, and more so will it bring us together or forever drive us from one another as we become nameless and faceless masses. It seems ironic that 1/7th of the world is on a platform called Facebook; which ultimately was and I think still is meant to put a face to a name, a person with their ideals and the meaning of their world within reach of all in the world.