The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth
Connect A Million Minds is a corporate (Time Warner) sponsored program aimed at gearing school students towards a mathematics/science-focused schooling. The goal is to prepare students for engineering and business enterprise and at the same time create “life long learners.”
They just want to increase the chances of having more technology junkies to compete in the global economy. It’s just a money thing.
Yet again, the Arts gets pushed into a corner while the media and government presses on for more math and science. Where’s the equilibrium? What happened to community involvement and social awareness? This technology thing is like an addiction for them. It’s like steroids for an entire nation – for the world – to just grow and grow beyond limits with more gadgetry, people, sedentary lifestyles, stimulation, and above all else – money.
What is a geek anyhow? What are the characteristics?
- Merriam Webster: a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked.
- Wikipedia: The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as “a peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.
A computer enthusiast is what the term geek has morphed into. I found from these websites that geek used to mean – a wild person who engages in depraved acts with animals in a carnival (biting heads off live chickens). After that a geek was just a socially awkward person with a peculiar interest or obsession in something (it didn’t have to be computers).
I know I have many prejudices about this because a technology overloaded world is not something I would chose for myself. But it’s just very frustrating witnessing this mass dehumanization, this overwhelming disconnection from the natural world. Things are easier, but at a great cost. Because many of us sit here at these machines rather than going outside in our “free time” to live and experience the earth.
A world where technology rules, with constant stimulation from lights and noise, and the pressure to live according to technological and government standards rather than figuring out your own values – it’s terrible. The avatars and robots and military drones and coffee and over-processed food – it’s dangerous. Life in the “modern” world is so sterilized, dictated and rigidly planned. The media plays with our lives and values and the government finds more ways to increase the machines and work production all in the name of money. Money, derived from nothing, because we have a debt based economy.
Accountability and responsibility has decreased, because with so many factors living your life for you, there is always something or someone else to blame. The obesity and depression and psychosis are coming on stronger and higher. We don’t move much, we just sit around, eating working, and stimulating ourselves. The saddest thing of all is that this is not pessimism, or cynicism. These things are really happening, now. The danger is right in front of us, but we’re too addicted to the comfort to get out of danger’s grip.
Social Networking: where you poke and message broken down versions of your native language. Where you show off to the world your ego, your false self.
Religious institutions: being treated as exclusive clubs instead of a means to learn about the spirit and connect to the higher self; places that rely on money and flashy appearances and shouting for the sake of shouting.
The government: that is allowed to control our bodies our thoughts and minds. it is allowed to persecute us for the slightest offense to them. in a country supposedly based upon freedom and rights, our rights – to our bodies our speech our lifestyles – disappear slowly and are replaced with their goals more and more each day.
The war: a cop-out for national leaders to avoid working things out reasonably and maturely.
We get less sleep, less real food, and more time to waste or give away to institutions for the benefit of governments and banks. We’re such a sterile and docile species now.
This is not living. This is not living.