Technology is ruining the human race

Britesea

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I remember reading somewhere, awhile ago, about the time when television became commonplace in households, how the interactions between family members were effected, negatively.
two things seemed to spell the end of "neighborliness" and that was television, which took us to "new" neighborhoods, and air conditioning, which meant you weren't out on the front porch or under a tree, visiting with passers-by
 

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The pub is the summer hub here. Its not air conditioned, but is a huge brick building that stays cool and serves cold drinks. Too much skin cancer in this country to be outside in the heat! Smoking was banned indoors, so conversations are interupted by smokers having to duck out for a fag every few minutes. The anti-alcohol push is also successful, much less people being public about social drinking out of shame. Cafes are more expensive and dont have the same atmosphere of chatting at the bar over a beer. If you lose a pub in a remote location, you lose the town.

There are regulations on pensions here which make it hard to volunteer. The change in liability insurance in early 2000's meant people need to pay fees to join clubs and sports. Huge hit to horseriding specifically (polo, campdrafting, all the country gymkhanas). Cost is a big detterent to community contribution, but nowdays unavoidable . Poverty is widespread but well hidden. Religious groups are shrinking as there are few truly open to those without money to contribute (I have found from personal experience. The priest stopped coming cos the collection plate didnt cover his petrol costs. I've converted)

None of this is technology related. Most is wealth and "health" related.





We still have petrol stations that will fill your car if you require it, a few that wont let you do it yourself at all (but I avoid them tbh). Its the increase in population which makes these personal services hard to continue. Immigration will be used to keep the economy afloat and with new populations, old ideas are forgotten. I've seen it here with the general store. The old owners used to know everyone in town and tell them if a package had come in, or ordered in specific items for townspeople, it was a gossip hub. Now the new owners dont know people by name, didnt know they were expected to (coming from huge cities in india) and are losing business just because they are not local and do not know the customs, have packages piling up because the locals dont know they have to ask for them, they dont know what some food is called with lack of English. They do make great kebabs though and a general store is a must have, no one else would run it and the chance was there to do so for years.

There are far more issues than technology changing the world. Most of it wealth and greed driven. I am somewhat surprised that Christians are shocked by the direction of the world. We are warned. We know who is driving this system to its end. We dont have to be afraid by it. We can chose to live the best we can in the worst of times.
 

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