Instagram is depressing me.
I overheard a couple at a café the other day. The girl wanted to travel the world and take pictures everywhere. So the man painted her a beautiful picture of all the trips they would take together. In the end, he promised, “Baby, I will make you the queen of Instagram if that’s what you want.” Now, isn’t that just lovely?
Instagram is now the countryside home with a white picket fence, the Everest for the aesthetics and an unsolicited portfolio of kids and booty.
I get it, people. You want to strut your stuff and share tidbits of your fascinating lives with the world. Just… don’t share every minute of it. Save some of the most important moments for you and you alone.
I was moved to tears today, listening to Maxim Vengerov performing Sibelius. I was lost in the music and I shut the world out. Such moments come rarely to me and they mean a lot, because they remind me that I can feel. This is the link if anyone wants to check it out.
Do you sometimes go into a trance and imagine that if a caveman were to materialize in today’s world, how astonished he would be to look at all this modernization and technology? After the initial shock of seeing buildings stretching towards the sky and cars zooming at the speed of light, he will probably fire off questions on the science of it all, the cars, phones, television, computers, audio video recording, and even basics such as internet and electricity. Would he even understand the science behind man’s creative genius developed over the centuries? Would his brain be evolved enough to grasp this massive information overload within just one lifetime?
I also imagine a reverse scenario, with me as the caveman, all signs of evolution forced back into the past, and nothing to do but be either the hunter or the hunted. Imagine being responsible for further evolution of mankind and for laying down the very foundation of science! I’m not sure I could do it; stone age was simply too difficult.
Predators, fire, stone, tools, clothes, fences, wheel, cultivation… Is it possible that in some form, you and me were also part of these brainwaves that triggered man’s future genius? Somehow I don’t think it likely, seeing as I don’t even get along so well with machines in the present day. It’s a story for another post, but I’ll admit this much with great audacity – I’ve never actually understood half the discoveries of science. Sure, I know what I learned in school, I know how things run on electricity and what fuels the engine in my bike. But would I have been the person to make those discoveries, had I been in their place? Probably not.
I know I’ve never faced a situation where survival itself is a prerequisite to living, but knowing myself well enough when it comes to creative discoveries in the field of science & technology, I will say that if I was the time traveling caveman in the modern day world, I would have been baffled with the explanation for internet & electricity. It is with a heavy heart I must conclude that the ‘stone age me’ must have been eaten by a tiger while wandering too far from the tribe. I hope that at least the tiger enjoyed his meal.
We study the miracle of evolution from a single cell in which someone breathed life, to more and more complex organisms with powers so advantageous it would almost seem magical if you saw it happening. Once you get past those questions of ‘Who is our Creator’ or ‘Did we ourselves create this world from nothing’?, then you become brave enough to look to the future and wonder if we are still evolving or are we the last on the chain, the most advanced species there can ever be.
And the answer is disappointing if we consider ourselves to be the most evolved. True, they say that the next evolution is revolution in technology. But I feel that’s just evolution of mankind, not man himself. Technology is improving by massive strides, but at the end of the day, man is developing further on something that was man made in the first place.
Wouldn’t it be true evolution, if a couple hundred years later, man begins to evolve through his own spirit and inner sanctity? Imagine the man of the future, answering questions of existence with certainty; answering questions on the history of evolution, the Big Bang and the Universe itself, by diving deep into the memories of this infinite universe that gave us life – this colossal database as yet unexplored. Imagine man to be so powerful as to bend the 5 elements of the earth with his bare hands. Imagine man to be able to communicate without speaking; a language of this universe, spoken and understood by not only all species on this earth, but even those existing beyond the boundaries of our current knowledge.
I am wholly supportive of a technological revolution; after all it only goes to prove man’s power of intellect. But I refuse to accept that this is the only evolution there will ever be.