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The Useless Banality

Posted on: 16 Oct 2017

October 16, 2017

In world where this world is troubled with different kinds of circumstances and different situations and conditions of life, to think far beyond the problem and challenges which people are encircled and surrounded with, are in most cases considered as illusion, abnormality and insane. In fact, to think that such surrounding problems and challenges will go and new ones will come is the nature and becoming character of life in this world.

In such world, most people are governed and controlled by the power of fear in which the thinking and feeling of insecurity that most societies and way of life introduced in life in this world is the one that mange people thinking and way of life. People live in world where their way of life make them to think and live in way that fear is the king and prince since courage is no like an easy commodity item people pick from any given department store.

To manage our fear, the cliché, think positive, is a useless banality when there is almost nothing positive going on in our current world. People have no job, no income, no prospects, and no real hope. As they say, but, people still have the most powerful tool ever developed, which is the human mind in which it is the human mind that can create anything and everything. To stop the impingement of fear, the mind must become a friend and a partner in such cause of overcoming fear since it is the secret weapon against the fears and anxieties of an indefensible situation of life.

The human mind can create and give hope to one’s life thru the instrumentality of courage and detachment as fear and frustrations are created by the human mind too, the same is true to invent and create courage and detachment by the instrumentality of the human mind. The point is on which book and which page of life that people are reading and how and what they understand on what they have read too.

According to the Wikipedia, the Luddites were a group of English textile workers and weavers in the 19th century who destroyed weaving machinery as a form of protest. The group was protesting the use of machinery in a “fraudulent and deceitful manner” to get around standard labour practices. Luddites feared that the time spent learning the skills of their craft would go to waste as machines would replace their role in the industry. It is a misconception that the Luddites protested against the machinery itself in an attempt to halt progress of technology.

However, the term has come to mean one opposed to industrialization, automation, computerization or new technologies in general. The Luddite movement began in Nottingham and culminated in a region-wide rebellion that lasted from 1811 to 1816. Mill owners took to shooting protesters and eventually the movement was suppressed with military force.

On March 22, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson received a short, alarming memorandum from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Triple Revolution. The memo warned the president of threats to the nation beginning with the likelihood that computers would soon create mass unemployment:

A new era of production has begun. Its principles of organization are as different from those of the industrial era as those of the industrial era were different from the agricultural. The cybernation revolution has been brought about by the combination of the computer and the automated self-regulating machine. This results in a system of almost unlimited productive capacity which requires progressively less human labor. Cybernation is already reorganizing the economic and social system to meet its own needs.

The memo was signed by luminaries including Nobel Prize winning chemist Linus Pauling, Scientific American publisher Gerard Piel, and economist Gunnar Myrdal (a future Nobel Prize winner). Nonetheless, its warning was only half right. There was no mass unemployment— since 1964 the economy has added 74 million jobs. But computers have changed the jobs that are available, the skills those jobs require, and the wages the jobs pay.

Automation isn’t just for blue-collar workers anymore. Computers are now taking over tasks performed by professional workers, raising fears of massive unemployment. But these fears are misplaced—what’s happening with automation is not so simple or obvious. It turns out that workers will have greater employment opportunities if their occupation undergoes some degree of computer automation. As long as they can learn to use the new tools, automation will be their friend.

Why do people feel such sense of insecurity in life while new matters are introduced to the world? Why do people think that their life is in danger while new things come to happen on stage? Why do people think that they are lost in the middle of nowhere while new aspect and different matters are come on stage? Why do people feel that they are incapable as new features of life come in place?

Both the textile and garment industries along with introduction computers and information technology have created enormous job opportunities and helped in decreasing the number of unemployment rate while fear and frustration was circling the other side and part of society, in which the world is getting new and better shape and color as new and different things visit this world which add certain flavor and color to life in this world.

Fear and frustration are the becoming nature and character of life in this world, and they should be replaced with courage and confidence in life. However, both have no specific recipe of life, but they are something that can be manufactured within the human reality since both need quite a mindset and a perspective. In such life, it is the individual that hold the key that unlocks the gates of courage and detachment in life.


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