Embracing Techology

February 24, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

It is so amazing to be alive in the twenty-first-century, with all this technology at our finger tips. Imagine more knowledge than one could ever use just a keystroke away. I am an original Spock-loving-techno-geek, but when I decided to sink my whole heart into the art of living, I let my technical skills subside.

Since my site was recently hacked, and seeing the error of my ways, I picked up a few books which brought my techno-geek self back into my life. I guess as twenty-first-century-citizens it is incumbent upon all us to embrace technology. We are truly in an information age where one is paid for what they know rather than producing some kind of physical labor.

It is a bit of a challenge for some of us writers on the other side of twenty to reconcile the writing lifestyle and technology. But like writing it becomes easier with practice. I am fascinated to see where go from here as technology engulfs almost every facet of our lives. Simplicity is being redefined every day and it is up to each of us to decide when technology makes things easier and when it becomes clutter.  

Specifically, how do we who are enamored with the words of Henry David Thoreau, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived,” reconcile technology and simple living? Do we have to choose; or do we try to find the right juxtaposition?

 

 

 

 

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