First of all, I want to warn you that this post could sound a bit arrogantly narcissistic but it is not, or it’s not meant to.
Because one, I really don’t think I am that smart (because if not, I would’ve been making RM 15,000 to RM 25,000 a month in a senior management position right about now)
and two, I am very worried of the subtle ignorance of people which I think should not be there in the first place.
Here’s the thing. People of today’s world are not alert and observant when they want to do things. And I’m not even being specific about certain age groups whether it is the millennials or anything, I think it’s more of the world that is feeding the people of today. People choose to be aloof and blur thinking maybe that’s how creativity works. I’m not so sure if that’s how the world is built but during my days as I was growing up, being alert and fast allow me to be ahead of others. And I’m always, to this very day, aspired to be ahead of others.
The world has been leading people to be lazy in how they think and act because of what is available to them.
There’s Waze and Google Maps so that you don’t have to practice your navigation memory or the art and bravery of asking for directions.
There’s smartphones so that you don’t have to remember anyone’s phone numbers.
There’s flexible office hours at the office so that you don’t have to wake up early in the morning to go to work.
There’s the internet and ebooks so you don’t have to read normal physical books anymore.
There’s social media so you don’t have to build interpersonal skills to interact with people in physical life.
And of course there’s autocorrect so you don’t have to pay attention or be careful when you’re writing.
The worst part is, the world is championing and supporting all these advancement thus feeding the people until they don’t become resourceful, observant, alert and careful people with good interpersonal skills.
It’s not that I oppose any of these help. I too, am guilty for taking advantage of most of it.
But what kind of people will the world have now?
Keyboard warriors who are mostly dependent on the cloud and harddrive memories; do not have proper manners in real-life interaction and conversations; can’t write without using a spell-checker; have no navigation skills and wear glasses since they’re small?
I live and work among these people. My habits are slowly changing to fit in as well.
But then I look at myself. Am I being a smart-ass when I pointed out the smallest and simplest thing that one can do with one’s brain and not the help of technology?
I am not a smart person, if not I’d be rich by now.
But I really don’t want to be one of these people because I want to be ahead of them.