Imagine 300 years back from now. There were no mobile phones. There were no computers. All these electronic devices like the refrigerator, microwave oven or the gas stove was also not there. Can you let your mind wander into such an age ? What would you do if you wanted to make sure that the food that you cook today, should not get stale by tomorrow ? How would you communicate with your friend, 500 miles away ? Now come back to 2018. We are surrounded by gadgets and things. These electronic marvels meet our needs and we cannot live without them. If you wanted to keep your food fresh for the next 3 days, you keep it in a refrigerator; if you wanted to call your friend to any part of the world (mostly) you use your phone. Today technology is a given. Can you think of a time without power in your home / office / mall or wherever you are without electricity ?
We live in a golden age. Many of our wishes and dreams have been made possible with technology. Imagine a life without these machines … I can’t. Way, back when I was studying in my school, we didn’t have a mobile phone. The best I could do was to use a landline phone in my neighbour’s house, which was a luxury during those times. Time moves fast. All these facilities have appeared in the last 10-20 years. Of course, life was comfortable during those days, but was not ecstatic. That’s what technology does to us. It gives us a better experience. And what is life ? We live for the experience. If you were to spend money on things, I would say your money is best spent on experiences (Thanks Karl Moore) than buying things. If the thing that you buy gives you a good experience go for it. We are nothing, but stories wrapped in what we call as time.
In fact, we are not even our stories. We are a being that experiences different things at different points of time. Anyway, coming back to machines, you know how important they are. Can you live without email or WhatsApp ? Can you live without Microsoft Office or other tools that you use regularly ? Imagine if you did not have your mobile phone with you. Makes you uncomfortable. One thing to remember is not to become slaves of machines. We must be the master. We should have a detached attitude towards these wonderful things. So much so that, even if we did not have them, we should be in control of ourselves. Using too much or too little is dangerous. We have to practice moderation. (Lord Krishna says in the Bhagvad Gita) We need to walk that line in the middle, ensuring that we don’t tilt. Every time we feel that we can’t live without a device, take a detox from it. Stay away in silence for a while, and then return to the din that we call as the world.
Easier said than done. Although, I have given you these snippets of advice, please not that I too, am a tech addict. I cannot imagine my life without my laptop and mobile phone. However, when the internet connection goes down (especially Wi-Fi) you can live through it. The technique is to do things offline, like for example typing this article. Note that when I say machines or technology, I’m mainly referring to the internet. Although it gave me cramps in the beginning, the more that I get used to the fact that there is no internet, the more it has helped me defocus. Today I listened to some songs, not YouTube, I got time to plan my day. And very important I got time to be with my family. So, while technology is 50% of me, the remaining 50% is also something I cherish. A seeker of the truth looking at the starlit night in awe.