Draw a Line

Being prepared means staying informed.

Are we engaged enough to have a say in the world we live in?

I wrote a post about the rapid change in our society and the responsibility we have to prepare our children for it. No one could deny that ours is a world of uncertainty, but in preparing for it we have to prioritise what we are willing to condone. Older generations, for example, didn’t have access to the internet until much later in their lives. Being online, for some, isn’t the ‘necessity’ that it is for anyone my children’s age. Despite slowly growing to understand and use it, many people, especially of our grandparents age, will always see the web as unnecessary; something they now begrudgingly tolerate. That isn’t a reflection of their openness to change. Sometimes society fails to motivate us all to engage in what comes next.

Using our abilities to adapt and reinvent ourselves should not have to be forced. We should want to.

The world we live in should not always require us to keep up, it should encourage and inspire us to. More importantly, our experiences should shape the planet we live on, not the other way around. We should know what happiness means to us whilst understanding the need to compromise and remain flexible. Adjustments are important as the world changes and our comfort zone will be tested and stretched. However, we should never lose sight of what we are fundamentally willing to tolerate and as new technologies and ways of living emerge we have to be able to stay true to our individual and collective values.

Exploring the future implications of our actions today is difficult, but crucial.

Years ago, I heard about the potential technology for implanting ID chips into hands. The benefits were obvious and, as usual, centred around convenience. They could be used to store and spend money, prove your identity and access information or places. The downsides, to me, were just as clear. Potentially centralised, control or even surveillance, of important daily activities. Even in the best of hands, a very corruptible power. I remember thinking that if the day came that an implant was seen as the norm, I wouldn’t just accept it. If I knew back then that it was something I was not comfortable with then society’s gradual persuasion shouldn’t be able to trick me into just going along with it.

When it comes to issues that impact how we live, we have to learn to draw a line.

As human microchipping develops and gains popularity, I know that my original scepticism needs to at least be explored. But I only stumbled across this accidentally. How many important issues have escaped my attention? How much did I not see coming? Life is about living, we shouldn’t have to be on high alert all the time. Luckily, there are easier ways to stay informed. My son is a character, but he isn’t always open to exploring new ideas despite being curious, imaginative and brainy. It is vital that he gets to the point where he is determined and confident enough to stretch and be comfortable with uncertainty. The next generation need to be brave enough to investigate their world with an open mind whilst remaining actively aware of what they want from life. If they don’t get this balance right, they will either be lost, stagnant or even so passive that their experiences are dictated to them. Routine and structure should be mixed with adventure and self-exploration. We should prioritise the development of their Communication and Empathy so they have a greater understanding of the impact of the world on the human experience.

We cannot afford to wait to form an opinion on the world around us.

The idea of what is possible changes every day. Staying up to date is half the battle but it is just as crucial that the next generation do not lose their ability to question everything around them. To take any new development at face value is lazy. To assume the messages that we receive are the whole story is dangerous. Everything man-made is made by someone for a reason. Uncovering and challenging that purpose and its potential means we can measure it against the world we want to live in. Our children have to learn to draw a line as soon as possible, before the sands shift, whilst remaining adaptable enough to not get stuck in the mud. Thanks for reading and please feel free to share your thoughts.

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