By Joseph Mattappally on 12-10-2011
The faster we get amalgamated
into the charm of present day fancies the more we are deprived off many
precious things in life. In another ten years, we might be totally cut off from
many of the services we now enjoy. Neither the post offices nor the booking
offices could be there in the future; courier companies and online services
have already swallowed better part of it. The new generation is addicted to
ATMs and they also simply do not read news papers or books. Who wants a
landline connection now? Land lines already have become a household ornament. TVs are under constant threat! Our practice of stacking everything in
hard disks, CDs and pen drives are also getting ready to pack off. The world is
going to be enshrouded by ‘clouds’. Your operating system will directly be tied
to the internet and your stock will be saved in the ‘clouds’. Our privacy is
sure to vanish in the clouds. The frightening thing is that an entire world submits
to the mercy of a few giant service providers, to whom we are destined to pay
heavy subscription fees too. Our memories might continue unless Alzheimer takes
over that too.
The world as a whole has
gone so topsy-turvy that if it was man who shot the fox so far, now it is the fox
that shoots the man. Quite recently, the strange story of a farmer was
reported. The young farmer went to a nearby forest to hunt. He wounded a fox in
the leg but to spare the skin, he hit the animal with his rifle butt. The
struggling animal (may be accidental) triggered a shot that hit him in the
chest and killed him instantly. An investigation agency has stated that we are
infected by the worst of viruses, the Gullibility Virus. Because of this
irregular Internet Phenomenon, we have not only begun believing all nonsense
that appears in the internet without another question on its credibility but
also have begun living half-foolish.
The former USSR President
could be the best example of this virus
disaster. He is said to have read a full speech on culture, instead of the one
on science at a South Russian science conference. Another anecdote on him says
that he once spoke for six hours, unknowingly reading the carbon copy too. Why blame others? Don’t we also like to write 'portable
hand-held communications inscriber’, instead of ‘pencil’ when preparing our shopping list?
Undoubtedly, all these innovations are only going to put us in chains, more or
less leading to the experience of one Michael J. Schmidt, a man living in
Superior, had. Because he had been burglarized several times, he thought he
could catch the culprits in the act of installing a hidden camera. He set up one
at his home; the burglars came back and were captured on tape, which Schmidt
turned over to the sheriff. Among the items the burglars took from Schmidt's
house was a box containing eight marijuana plants. Schmidt was charged with
misdemeanor drug possession and arrested. ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ …….
but I’m not that sure about the current digital clouds.
About The Author
Sri. Joseph Mattappally, Founder and Director of Indian Thoughts, is a writer and social worker. He is also a Reiki Master (RIRC Mumbai) and licensed Amateur Radio Operator ( VU2JIM). He has authored 'Success Secrets', a book detailing basic life management principles.