Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Battle for Consistency.

The most hostile epidemic sweeping the globe right now is this thing called "Procrastination". All of us subscribe to it no matter what it is that we do for a living. Due to the fact that it can be absolutely inescapable at times, I find that procrastination can actually be beneficial to some of us, it's just that we're all SO BAD at dealing with it.

Now, the reason why I believe that procrastination can be beneficial at times is because some of the greatest things to ever exist ever are products of procrastination:

Albert Einstein discovered the General and Special Theories of Relativity while procrastinating at the patent office.

Paul Erdos became one of the greatest mathematicians because he chose to hang out with his friends at the park every day at the same time.

Artist Francis Bacon spent hours drinking and partying every day and never cleaned up his studio, but because of his "dysfunctional" work ethic, he completed some of the most iconic works to date.

You have probably noticed by now that the people I have mentioned all have one thing in common - they existed at a time when distraction was not as saturated an experience as it is today. You also probably know by now that I'm going to yet again speak against technology while hypocritically relying on it on a regular basis for  "entertainment" and "educational purposes."

See, the issue I have with technology, and yes I will take full responsibility for my faults here too, is that it is because of its consistent nature that we've all fallen. The consistency that exists within the functions that govern social media and online businesses is the exact kind of consistency that we have all decided to give to these corporations.

As much as I know this post is beginning to sound a little "big brother-y", I do want to point out that the saturation with which distraction presents itself at this given moment is driven by the amount of attention you give to it. I do believe that distraction has developed into a ubiquitous entity because of this technological revolution that has consumed our very human nature, *GASP*, BUT, I also think that we blame it for our self-accountability.

The one thing I seek to redeem at this point is not a life so remote that I don't involve myself in the universe that is social media etc., but that I seek to reclaim the consistency that technology has taken from us, AKA the consistency that we have openly surrendered to it.

I find that the "breaks" we seem to be having are not "breaks" but "methods of escapism". Instead of taking short breathers from our jobs or assignments, we give our clocks the stink eye just so that time will pass by quick enough for us to stop doing things and start doing nothing at all. What a paradox.

Technology has forced us to stop working. We rely on systems to do everything for us down to the very errands that we had to get up to do when we were younger. Remember when we used to have to get up to change the channel and volume on our televisions? How about the VCR tapes we had to rewind before watching a movie? Or that we had to schedule alarms for the days that TV series would be available to watch on you know.. the TV? We're not even in charge of those things anymore, so how do we expect to be productive if we expect something else to take accountability for our efforts? To take accountability for our laziness? Or better yet, to do a "better job because it's easier for it and less tiring for us?"

Technology has NO PROBLEM being instant. A lot of people are dealing with more stress because once we escape from the world of the instant and come back to reality we realize that we have been teaching ourselves to work quickly rather than qualitatively just to make up for the time we've wasted to be entertained and to take breaks from skills we haven't developed to be fast enough. It's not that we're not fast enough to keep up or to change our lives, but it's that we're not actually doing anything to improve the overall speed and quantity with which we work.

How do you expect to get better at calculus if all you're doing is searching up how to do integrals on google's integral calculator instead of understanding how to actually complete the problem yourself? Whatever happened to those visits to the library to search for books about calculus? All those trips to the library down the hall in elementary school were not for nothing my friends.

Nonetheless, I hope we can all retrieve a certain level of consistency and discipline sometime soon. In the meantime, let's at least try?

Series called "99 Steps of Progress" by Maentis

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