Imagine, you’re an earthling and you’re extraordinary.
I’m not sure, but I think that today’s conversation has to be about complacency. Because there’s so much that we’re not doing, and we keep making excuses for why we’re not doing anything.
I’m reminded of my younger days, when I carried picket signs and stood up against all that was wrong with the world. From boycotting manufacturers that polluted rivers to oil refineries that supported apartheid, we stood in solidarity.
My activism was full of energy, fueled with a passion to improve life. I held hands, prepared care packages and sang songs for those who couldn’t sing. Society seemed simple and factored neatly into the human process that is, to make life better for everyone.
Television mirrored society’s progress, from Father Knows Best to keeping it All In The Family. There was a learning curve, and we had heated discussions by the water cooler. We exchanged ideas, tried to see the other person’s point of view and were equally appalled by our shortcomings. When Sammy Davis Jr. kissed Archie Bunker, we collectively gasped, then laughed. We women cheered when Edith empowered by menopause was no longer stifled and screamed “No!” at her husband.
Lately, I’ve revisited those memories. Because like you, I’ve been tip-toeing around in my dainty lady shoes, because I’m older and like it when the house is quiet. But really, I do want to shove my feet into a pair of work boots and to go stomping about!
So much has gone awry and we’ve remained quiet. Watching as reputable news sources were attacked and turning the volume way down when what was being said wasn’t to our liking. We even muted the voices of the victims and as such, emboldened the perpetrators.
Meanwhile the planet kept turning and our technology grew by algorithms into big data, self-sustaining, machine to machine, deep learning. And as quiet as it’s kept, that’s really a good thing, because so few of us know how any of this works. Leaving a talented few to be wooed by Fortune 500 companies. As people discover that they’re unemployable and become “The Untalented” too many, a reminder that efficient technology doesn’t care.
It’s fall out from our complacency, when we stopped trying to do good things and let bad things slip through. We see it in the cost of a college education that has sky-rocketed, and public schools with mandates that teach kids for a test rather than a relevant skill for entering the job market.
And it happened on our watch, when we stopped protesting to ensure a future that included a place for all of us. When we became complacent, we stopped being awesome.
Today, the untalented interact mindlessly with technology, hours spent on social media and on virtual reality that impedes their understanding of technology and it’s impact on future generations.
Technology is self-sustaining, self-replicating, self-repairing and has a passion for deep learning. It’s a work horse, that will do well to protect us from us, when we get hacked. Hopefully keeping us safe in its If Then/Than This loop, as we realize it was never an ultimatum or a failsafe.
The good news is that I woke up this morning, breathing. I crawled out of bed and that’s a beginning, then I thought about you, and that maybe you too woke up…
“Imagine, you’re an earthling & that you’re extraordinary & then, quick do something extraordinary!”