Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
Processing and making sense out of the vast array of information and media bombardment that comes screaming at us everyday can be absolutely overwhelming. At least for me. If I don’t filter the constant stream of visual content that I come in contact with it gets me stressed out and filled with anxiety. Especially all things political.
Things were so much simpler 30 – 40 years ago. I think part of it is the fact we have access to so much more information today then ever before. With just a click of the mouse you can be taken to the protests in Egypt or the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, starving children in Haiti or drug wars in Mexico.
The world is so much smaller thanks to the internet and everyone being wired to it. With that said…I feel relatively helpless when it comes to making any kind of a real difference politically and/or socially. Sure we have the right to vote and express our thoughts and opinions with social networks, but are we really having any positive impact on the culture?
I’ve learned to tune much of the “noise” out and try to focus on things I can control. The most important concern for me at this point in my life is being there for my 2 children and immediate family. It seems the older I get the more I want to circle the wagons and let the rest of the world swirl around me. Technology is changing (evolving) so rapidly its hard to stay abreast of it. I wonder if all this highly sophisticated technology is having a positive impact on our lives and the human condition in general? I would like to think so, but I believe all these new technologies are a mixed blessing in many ways. There’s a lot of bad with the good when it comes to all things digital.
I can remember a time not so long ago when people didn’t walk around all day texting into digital devices or sitting and staring into computer screens. I make much of my living teaching online and am thankful for the good living it’s provided for me, yet I do feel chained to technology and as the years go by feel like I’ve been taken hostage by it. It all can be overwhelming to say the least.