Modern Marvels

I still cannot believe how wonderful my computer is. I just love my ArachnoMac…and am constantly discovering new gadgets. For instance, I can take video and pictures, add effects (black and white, etc…) and with ONE click, publish it to Facebook. For your information, I hate uploading pictures and videos through Facebok. Don’t ask me why, I just do. I don’t do it any more than I must. So to click one little button inside iPhoto and have it all done for me is just fantastic.

Secondly, someone yesterday asked if my powerpoint would be available on my website. I had not yet considered that…but I was pretty sure I could figure out how to do it. So I opened up my powerpoint this morning, clicked on the “Share” button, and discovered I could send it to my Youtube Channel as a video. And then I can embed that on my site. That is just amazing. Because I don’t like uploading videos to Youtube either. So to have Keynote do it for me is…well, incredible.

That brings me to another subject my mom and I were discussing…how people really should embrace new technology. We were talking specifically about “homesteaders” who prefer to do things the old-fashioned way. And as a libertarian, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing that. It is their choice. And I’m glad they have the freedom to live off the grid, etc…but I can’t see that as being a widespread and popular lifestyle. Why should most people give up all these wonderful things just to struggle with the problems that have already been solved? I’m not trying to make a value judgement one way or the other, just saying that economically, the homesteading lifestyle doesn’t make sense. Instead of letting machines and modern inventions do work for you, you spend more of your time trying to sustain your life instead of using your labor and resources for more valuable ends. It is like Able, Baker and Charlie (3 men stranded on an island, read Schiff’s “How An Economy Grows And How It Crashes) deciding not to use fishing nets to catch fish and instead use their bare hands, which takes all day just to catch enough fish to live on. So, not considering the survival and preparedness aspect of homesteading, it doesn’t make much economic sense. Why should we not embrace these modern marvels that free up our time for other goals?

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