Growing up in the post-war era of West Europe, I had a peaceful and comfortable childhood. So far, the biggest change of my generation’s lifestyle was probably the internet. Technology is everywhere now. And it helps to organize most parts of daily life.
It created new opportunities and it is an easy tool to reach out to others. Education can be spread around the world and the internet inspires in many different ways.
But it also makes us more dependent on software programmes and the capability of machines. If they are broken or if we don’t understand the way they work, we realize how much freedom we have lost. Most jobs depend more on trained technical skills instead of what we can offer as an individual person. The wonder about being a human being is less fascinating. Our attention is drawn to machines.
I like to pause sometimes and ask: What can I find within myself after such a long process of human evolution? How did my ancestors live? What can history teach me? Languages, art, philosophies, society structures and so on…
Machines are great but they tend to neglect our human potential. Their limits should not become ours. Maybe they are the crafts of our times, like our ancestors used bows and arrows. It might be an improvement, but we should also remember to think about ourselves: who we are and who we want to become.