Talking to a friend today I was bemoaning the fact that people were becoming more and more tethered to “consumption”. There are many people who would probably be happy to be plugged into “The Matrix”. He asked me, “then how should be people live?”
1) In community
2) With purpose
3) Able to enjoy stillness
4) Cultivating the ability to create
This is to be fully human. We are allowing something far from human to develop in mankind. I’m pretty sure it won’t have a happy ending.
Think I’m wrong? Read this article from Time, Explosion of Virtual Reality. Virtual Reality is racing towards complete fulfillment of our basest desires. I’m no luddite, and I’m not anti-technology, but we better think about how we are going to handle the consequences of completely satiated egos.