Technology Does Not Make Sense


Call it intuition, human nature, animal instincts—when you look around the world there is order and there are rules to life that make sense. Seasons of weather come and go, crops are planted, harvested, and then die away for the cycle to start all over again. There is a natural rhythm to our world and our way of life.

With that order and rhythm there are certain intrinsic values we understand just by observation. We know that tears mean sadness or joy, a smile means someones is polite, a furrowed brow may convey a sense of distress—body language tells us A LOT about a person and they’re level of approachability.

Take the common kitchen utensils for example. When you look at a fork, knife, and spoon there is a certain intrinsic understanding what they can do for you. You may not know that they are for food or even that they belong on the kitchen table, but with a basic understanding of the natural world we can make sense of the utilitarian benefit these objects can offer us.

Based on what you know about kitchen utensils, compare that to technology today—say, the iPhone.

When you look at an iPhone or a laptop computer it’s a mere block of aluminum, plastic, and other materials. What does this tell us? History and our previous experience tells us that metals are the materials we use to fashion objects of war, transportation, and industrial tools.

When I start to think more about this, the myth of cameras stealing people souls doesn’t sound too farfetched. After all the body of a camera does not make sense. It’s unnatural.

I would argue that it’s not your age, your experience, or lack of technical expertise, but rather a natural fear.

Technology and the hardware that embodies it does not make sense.