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Short Story : Acclimatize

Nipun and his sister were the introverted new comers in the colony. They had come down from one of those north eastern states where even availability of new brands of ice creams ( which appeared each night as advertisements on the sole state television channel after the daily dose of abysmal news telecast ) was a luxury to say the least. Father had a transferable job, so every 3-5 years they were forced to leave their best friends back and move on to a new, strange place, with new rules, a new weather, a new school uniform and it's curriculum. Sports had always interested him as it channelized his nervous energies, all his internal conversations into some form of energy.  Sometimes spending energy on the ground helps you not have the energy to think about a haphazard life with no control over your surroundings. Sports made him switch off his social brain and just execute tasks to the best of his ability. He was not strategic about sports, it was not really the team wor

Covid expose : Digital Masters, Human Subjects !

We try not to think of the times we live in; Yet it is these times we live in, that remind us of the times gone by, the things we did and how we really are in essence & body; only to eventually realize, the times we live in aren't as bad after all, & pay we should in full or at-least try to atone for what has gone by.
It is not everyday that we live in times we do today, not often do we expect so less as over entitled beings flocking this planet.
But what these times help us reflect upon is things we often overlook, things we usually take for granted.
We see all around, people altering their lives, imbibing healthy alternatives & yoga, spending time with loved ones who they stay with otherwise but don’t share much with. We see people thanking the almighty more than usual and helping the needy. We see all these transactions today that are usually seen in times we need something from our powerful creator.  

These are times when we realise, what we have can be snatched from us in the blink of an eye. So, let us study the corona of our sun, while the shadow of the covid-eclipse lasts.
We have leveraged technology far too much is the usual argument and that screens or exposure to digital screens are harmful and is directly proportional to losing sleep as some say. Well, let us look at all this in perspective.

The digital revolution has led to newer revenue streams, connected this world, has brought us closer & connected us. We now have the luxury of working remotely, we now have a digital social circle and a digital world that we can switch on when we need it and we can also log off when we no longer want its services. Sounds interesting, convenient, and very empowering for each one of us. All said and done, it is our choice nevertheless to use or abuse this powerful medium.  We often hear people complaining that they are lonely because of this digital world out there and that it has made connections, relationships, and social interactions very mechanical. While the result is agreed, the consequences are not entirely due to technology and this digital revolution. We Humans practically control every aspect of the puzzle and it being completely at the mercy of us, blaming it on these digital suspects is a very convenient excuse.
It is a blatant mismanagement of its virtues and greed of leveraging its possibilities.

It is analogous to the childhood story of greediness of the farmer petting a hen which lays a golden egg each day and as we all remember clearly, the hen is killed by the farmer as it is at the mercy of the farmer & his greed to extract more from the hen takes over; and concomitantly in our case, so will we be taken over by this created digital world around us, now that we are just subjects here and not the masters anymore. We too will be reduced to being puppets who are at the mercy of our digital masters.

Especially in Covid times when we are increasingly using technology to fill the gaps which we have created in the first place. All these years we have indeed made mockery of this world around us as we see.
We are consumed by the greed to Consume à pollute à Kill, maim other species à abuse the food chain à abuse the planet à now that covid attacks us à use technology to abuse ourselves further à keep the consume pollute cycle on and on. It is a vicious cycle in which we lose, and we are wiped out or reduced to nothingness because we are taken over by the greed, and the blindness to produce and consume and eventually threaten the natural course of things around us.

Take a step back and open your eyes to this eventuality; Should we, the evolved creators of ultimate things, voyagers of our space & galaxy, conquerors of the unconquerable, be met with such fate ? 

A UK body representing doctors who specialize in children, recently argued that screen time is not “toxic” to health and that the evidence for harm is overstated. 
For how long we will shun what we see in front of our eyes and be taken over by the greed we are now legalizing around us every day.
We can safely assume that such overpowering situations occur when we treat ourselves as subjects and are at the mercy of technology.
We must remind ourselves; we are the masters of this game and we have the switch to control our tech slaves not the other way around & stop this madness before it is too late !


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