If we look back half a century and backwards, we would notice that life was in a way, easier and longer than it is now. It seems that new technologies, instead of helping us to achieve things more quickly and easily, it steals time from us. New technologies is what is keeping us away from our lives. It’s not that I’m against new technologies on the contrary!
I’m just saying that these improvements are keeping us distracted from our families, from time, devotion, sleeping, …. for instance in the 18th century, when a blacksmith finished his work or project, he had time to talk with his friends or to go home early if he wanted to. Now with globalization, the blacksmith has his own project plus hundreds or thousands of other tasks to get done before due time. So he no longer has time to take enough care of his family or himself. Another example, a kid uses his smartphone going to school and returning home. When he arrives, he goes to his computer and chat with his friends online, then he makes his homework or he plays a video game sometimes online sometimes not. When super is ready, he eats quickly because he invited a neighbor to play with PlayStation with him. His mom is not so different, she was on the phone with a friend most of the afternoon, then she’ll make a video for YouTube. His father? Well he’s busy with his business project which must be ready for the next presentation.
Fortunately not every family is this crazy, but you know that this happens every day everywhere in the world.
When we go to bed at night, we may notice that the day lasted just a few hours and we didn’t have enough time to do all the things we needed to do. Where did the time go? Why is the day shorter than a century ago? Some people might say ” No, I’ve got plenty of time to do whatever I want. Today I went fishing, the day is still 12h long” probably because they still live in an ancient way, no phones, no internet, no computer, that’s good but that person misses the opportunity to learn new thing, to buy new things, to get to know new people, or even to do good deeds. Everything is good in moderation, that’s the key for “time”. Today is a day that some people call all saints day, it is to visit our beloved departed people. Does that mean that we should forget them the other 364 day of the year? Why should we visit them especially this day? Don’t they deserve to be visited every day, every Monday or every Friday? Life is short we shouldn’t waste it or share it with cool devices all the time.