The blessing and the curse

It’s hard for me to disagree with the image. The chances are that you, like me, are viewing it from a smartphone. I admit, I use mine way too often. Every other minute seems to be on this device, it is hard to imagine what life would be without it or what it was like beforehand.

The image was used in a video with the title, ‘Pictures that make you think’. It did. Of all the images in the short video (there was six or seven from what I recall) this is the one I kind of disagree with. It does seem to have taken over our lives and the dreadful existence many employees have in far away lands to have these ready for shipment is a tough pill to swallow.


This device is faster than some computers of previous Apollo missions. The doorway to the combined knowledge of humanity is accessed by speaking politely to an inbuilt robot. Is it any wonder we keep it by our side at all times?

For many people in oppressive societies, this is an escape into reality. Whether it a result of politics or religion, our phones are a glimpse into forbidden reality and hidden truths . We can watch videos that disprove propaganda, online communities socialise in safe anonymity within societies that would have them killed otherwise. Is our addiction to technology a blessing or a curse?

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