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Why Do Machines Rule?

Marlene Geiser

Posted on February 9, 2020 17:31

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Yesterday my husband and I found ourselves without anyway to communicate. Why are we so controlled by our mechanical devices?

I have to wonder whether my reader has ever found themselves in the predicament we did yesterday.  The sense of frustration we felt was palpable.  

I had to face an awful reality. Why have we permitted machines to rule us?

Way back when I was young, our telephones were the only mechanical devices we had to use. Otherwise, we would sit down with paper, pen, and ink and send a letter to the individual we wanted to reach.  

Memories of the "good old days" have been flowing back to me.  

When I lived in Illinois and was teaching there, I ran into one of my students in the college library. He and I had a heated discussion concerning the potential problem we might discover one day. 

I could see the writing on the wall when he refused to use the card catalog that the library used, and was extremely unhappy that they were unable to provide him with a computer.

Our dialogue became a very heated one. I warned him that the day would come when human beings had to either use a computer or find themselves unable to communicate with one another at a distance.

It makes me sad to see that what I predicted has happened. Without computers, we are at a loss as to how we can communicate with an individual who lives far away.

Yesterday was one of the most frustrating days I can remember. All we had was my husband's cell phone to call the company that provides us with our traditional telephone and computers. When he realized that his phone wasn't working, we looked at one another recognizing that we were prisoners of our own doing.  

The unfortunate truth is that I would be unable to communicate my experience of yesterday without using this computer. I am glad to have the machine at which I am presently sharing my feelings with the world. 

I must offer an interesting idea with you. My husband wrote a screenplay a while back, in which people had their cell phones embedded in the palms of their hands.

Although we find ourselves unable to function without our machines, we have to admit that we were delighted that the company that takes care of making our mechanical devices work. We have paid for them to entirely control how our lives function.

I am saddened that my husband and I have joined the parade. We now feel helpless without our machines and have no one to blame but ourselves. They now rule us, and we have let it happen. 

Marlene Geiser

Posted on February 9, 2020 17:31

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