Is there anything to be learned about simplifying our life as Thoreau suggested in his writings?
Thought Number 1 ....Everything has gotten complicated
My point, however, is that I find that I am not OK with how complicated our world has become. Every move we make takes layers and layers of steps, rules, forms to fill out, dotted lines to sign, hit the accept or decline, be sure to read the fine print and beware of the loop holes.
As our technology advances, so does our level of "loss of control". If you think this isn't true, try to call your cable carrier or your Internet provider and tell them that your need to adjust your bill because your service isn't working properly. That will confuse them right away. Do you need connected to tech support or billing? As you will be speaking to an automated customer service person...yeh, a machine, get used to the idea that it will sound something like this:
Surly machine: Tell me briefly what you need...
You: I need to talk to someone about my....(cutoff)
Surly machine...I did not understand you, please tell me briefly what you need
You: I need billing
Surly machine...I understood you to say you need billing, is that correct?
Surly machine: Please enter the phone number associated with this account
You: (crap...did I use my cell, home or work #....let's try cell)
Surly machine: Please enter the 6 digit password at this time
You: (are you effing kidding me, I don't remember what password I used...again a guess)
Surly machine...please enter your 32 digit account number
You; (at this point you are currently, frantically trying to locate your account number)...
Surly machine...I didn't get that, please enter your 32 digit account number or if you know the extension number of the party of which you wish to be connected to. (I definitely have a digit that I would like to extend but, I suspect that isn't what surly machine is wanting)
AND ON AND ON AND ON
When did everything get so cumbersome???? Don't get me wrong. I am not so naive to think that every generation didn't have their own set of problems. Providing for families, gainful and meaningful employment, finding contentment in one's life....Haven't all of those things always been in play? For the purpose of today's post, I am not talking about the trials and tribulations that life brings, I am talking about how convoluted we have made the processes by which to manage our lives.
It seems the processes that are required in our modern world to be employed, remain healthy, pay taxes, even plan our funerals have just gotten CRAZY COMPLICATED.
So back to my first thought, "Why in all of our attempts to automate, clarify, make more user friendly (that one is hilarious) condense, reduce waste, and all of the other reasons we have been given to substantiate the need for the ever changing processes in our life, it is more complicated than ever before?
Thought Number 2..... Henry David Thoreau would need a prescription for anti-anxiety medication if he were alive today.
Ahhhh...but let's go back to the peaceful thought of going off into a cabin in the woods, just as Thoreau did to find inner peace and tranquility.
Forget it!!! Part of the reason Henry ditched his life as he knew it was he was ticked about paying taxes. He was against having to pay real estate taxes. All, I can say is his head would be spinning off the top of his body if he saw that Federal Income taxes came into being in 1912 and our Tax Code is so long no one even knows how long it is.
Well, Henry David Thoreau, you really had such a great idea to simplify life but in today's world I don't think you could escape. There is, as the saying goes " no place to run, no place to hide".
Of course, he also said, "I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government"
We can only hope.
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