Talk to anyone thousands of miles away in an instant. And not only that, carry around the tiny device in your pocket. At a whim, call your cousin in Alaska. Such convenience. Don’t want to talk, just send a text message. We’re the envy of John and Abigail Adams (random yet appropriate reference).
Everything costs something. If you want to be healthy, you have to exercise and eat right. If you want to play an instrument, you have to practice for years. The natural order of things is progress through adversity. So, when mankind creates a machine that can function as a portable telephone and computer, I get a little uneasy. This black magic has to come at a price. And not just the cost of your plan.
Do cell phones cause brain cancer? Who am I to say? Do they wipe out entire bee colonies? I’m no bee expert. What I can say is that they aren’t harmless. Let me explain.
George Lucas filmed the first Star Wars not knowing if it would be a success. Not only that, he faced a number of setbacks during the production and struggled to complete it on time. Nevertheless, the end product was cinematic gold. George created art through adversity. Now fast forward to the late 20th century. George is riding high off the success of the Star Wars films he created, and his ego is almost as big as his second chin. He has all of the power in the world to make whatever film he wants. At the seat of power and security he creates what we know as The Phantom Menace. You see, a price must be paid. For the first film, the price was paid in the hard labor of production. For the latter film, the price was paid by the fans, who were robbed of their satisfaction. Someone has to pay the price.
You might point out that texting is extremely dangerous while driving. Yes, it certainly is, and that’s why it is now illegal in Massachusetts. But that’s only a small piece of the whole picture. This is much bigger.
For eons, if we wanted to speak to each other we had to use only our voices. If someone was far away, we had to yell, which required more effort. Now I can talk to someone on the other side of the world as if they were sitting right next to me. So little effort for so astounding an accomplishment.
Did you really think there wouldn’t be consequences for such convenience?