I know this to be true: Technology is not your friend. We live in a world drunk with high speed internet, glued to Dick Tracy wristwatches, in love with cell phones tracking us down no matter where we go, and with people standing in line for the newest and best electronic gizmos before they go public. So enamored with the obvious benefits, we have forgotten a simpler life. One day you will be forcibly reminded that technology is not your friend.
We used to visit theme parks, split up, and meet every hour at a landmark. We used to give other people our full attention, without surreptitiously checking a buzz or interrupting the conversation to take an important call. We used to escape from the grind on vacations, but now the ubiquitous grind goes with us to the beach. Our once simple lives have become glutted with technology.
Let me just say this: Technology is not your friend. One day your trusty cell phone will spiral away, taking 3000 of your favorite photos with it. Your laptop will flash the blue screen of death at the most inopportune time. You back it all up, you say? So you willingly broadcast your life into the great void for who knows what nefarious person to examine and target? Seriously? Why not just invite the hacker into your living room? Oh wait, you already did that.
The worst case scenario? Read One Second After. A simple act of war can take us all back to a humbler, simpler time, where an unprepared people will kill each other without an enemy needing to waste a bullet. After all, why decimate the land with toxic nuclear waste, when you could just as easily walk in and inhabit the homes, stores, farms and infrastructure already prepared for you? Only a few would survive this scenario. Take time now to put those pesky electronics in their place. Trust me. Electronics are not your friend.