“Oh, you need timing a tick a tick a tick a…” Do you remember that song by Jimmy Jones from 1960? (Most of you probably don’t.) These words came to mind this morning as I was changing out the battery of our quartz kitchen clock. We have digital stove and microwave clocks, but they are only reliable until the electricity goes off. Both of our home offices have quartz clocks, and the Timex Indigo travel clock in our bedroom keeps on ticking. Of course, the computers and cell phones have digital time turners.
Well, frankly, digital smigital! As soon as there were digital watches, kids took longer learning to tell time the old-fashioned way. Just like velco has kept millions putting off learning how to tie their shoes. Is it possible to go through life without knowing how to tie a knot or a bow?. Like allowing children to use calculators instead of their brains in math class. And people wonder why the last couple of generations have grown lazy, mentally and physically!
Why bother with schools? Just implant an encyclopedic educational chip into their brains so they will automatically know everything without even studying or memorizing. Would our physical brain need to be so big anymore? Can you see the future of our civilization? A plethora of overweight people who stay inside playing video games, watching movies on wall-size televisions, never mowing the lawn, never driving, using the Internet for emailing/banking/reading/shopping/working/etc., never knowing what the weather is like outside, never having to relocate, never having to cook or have company, never procreating…
Hey, the population would dwindle slowly. If people didn’t leave home, they wouldn’t get sick. Food could be manufactured sterilely in-house rather than grown. Would our lifespan increase? Movies could all be made with 100% technology rather than actors. Think of all the industries that would no longer be needed. Holy cow! Everything controlled by air waves, microwaves, radio waves, bytes, chips, magnetic energy, solar and wind power, and mega-minded nano computers running it all.
Language would die; cell phones would no longer be needed. Would our vocal cords shrivel? Skyscrapers and airports would be empty. Cities and governments would probably vanish. Would money and power matter anymore? National parks would resort back to the wild places they once were. Why would anyone need to go anywhere to experience anything in person when they have holographic rooms? Human beings really wouldn’t be necessary at all. We would evolve into lumps and eventually disappear. The planet would be able to replenish itself…Maybe not such a bad scenario.
On the other hand, if the techies did not reproduce, that would leave the world in the hands of those who prefer the outdoors and of the fanatics who wish to remain in B.C. times, neither group being overly fond of or dependent upon technology.
Okay, okay. I am getting carried away. Back to the present. Back to reality…My two-year-old granddaughter just called to tell me she pooped on the potty for the first time.