There was another thing that parents strove to develop in their young children too. It was called a conscience. Basically, it was something you couldn't see, but it was a feeling deep inside you that made you pause and consider whether an action you contemplated doing would be right or wrong. Would it intentionally hurt someone? That would be wrong, so better not do it. Would it be helpful to someone? Somehow that feels right to your developed conscience, so go ahead.
Have you noticed how these simple tenets have changed, and continue to evolve, at such a rapid pace that some of us become quite mind-boggled, on a daily basis? That this carefully nurtured thing of “conscience” seems of absolutely no value in these sped-up times, where technology has become so powerful it is quickly becoming master of everything we do? There's no escape from its hungry jaws.
Technology reduces everything to logic, and logic creates an app for everything in our lives, and most importantly, that everything is rapidly becoming the smartphone. People crave the latest in them, steal them, blow other people up by the hundreds with them. They are the tools for online bullying, for reducing others to tears, and even suicide, on a global scale never before imagined.
People will literally kill to have a smartphone...it happens every day. War mongering has never been so precise, so easy, carried out by technicians far from the place where other technicians have calculated they should be dropped. They say it makes us all safer. They don't think about the folks on the receiving end of the bombs.
So, does the fixation on our relentless pursuit of being “on” all day interfere with an ability to develop a conscience? Thousands of Instagram users, mostly teens, use the hashtag #TBH ( To be honest) with their postings to their numerous friends. This entitles them to say whatever they want online, safe from any repercussions, because they can be anonymous. It's part of the new virtual “honesty.” But it's far from the honesty I learned as a child.