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We are constantly tempted to react to the latest message or news. Furthermore, we often see it as a virtue: responding fast to the customer, finishing the task sooner. In a New York Times column, writer Teddy Wayne wonders if this capacity to respond, accelerated by technology, is extinguishing the moment for reflection.
If we think about it, instant reaction is just a habit that we incur into before thinking about the value of the task itself. Unlike the column, I don’t think it’s cellphones’ fault but the difficulty of finding meaning in a longer and easier life than generations before.
Introspection as a lonely activity is a prejudice that reaffirms the reaction habit, by presenting reflection as a luxury for the rich and eccentrics. Yet there is no need to be a hermit to reflect: conversation, which today we practice like never, is a habit that drives to introspection sooner than even withdrawing to the mountains. We just need to pause and think to reflect instead of responding immediately every message.
Don’t RT: think about it.
A patent has surfaced recently showing a system that would turn street lamps, telephone poles, and other public, vertical structures into docking stations for delivery drones. Amazon is studying the plan. While the project is in its initial stages, we have little reason to doubt that something of the sort is in the making. The breakneck speed at which technological advances are proceeding will soon transform the cities. Drones that drop packages in emergency deliveries through trap doors into our homes not only will change the horizon of our cities and towns. They will revolutionize our lives. So little things now seem the stuff of science fiction, short of teletransportation. And we don’t even dare to rule that out.