In scifi movies robots are created to assist humans in basic everyday tasks, but in reality many believe they are being built to replace humanity. I know the idea automation can seem scary to many, but in reality people are getting too busy, and too advanced to not allow a robot to do some of the jobs we find tedious. I remember back when I used to work retail, customers would always prefer working with a human over an automated machine, they would think they are doing a service to humans by keeping us useful, but in my opinion what they were actually doing was tying us up in mundane tasks that could have easily been done by a computer. I understand that the use of robots in manufacturing assisted in crippling the American auto industry, and probably destroyed the economy of many cities throughout the US, but fearing the future is not going to stop it from coming. Technophobia is the fear of technological advancement, and it seems as though it is no longer a belief that is reserved for the very old. In this day of technological advancement many people fear they will be made obsolete, and while I agree that many current jobs will not be around in ten years, I think now is the time to begin learning about tech of the future. As long as humanity is building these machines of the future I am sure there will always be a job for man, but we have to learn to embrace the changes in order to avoid getting left behind.
Have you ever noticed how odd it is when a stranger starts talking to you as you ride on an elevator? I have always wondered why that method of transportation has always been the “international room of quiet,” it is as though there is an unwritten rule, that if you are in the elevator you have to wait quietly until you reach your destination. I have always noticed the silence of an elevator, and I wonder how this conditioning for silence came to be part of general social behavior. Does everyone quietly contemplate their destination, do they plan out their tasks for the day, are they hoping this elevator does not fall to their demise, or am I just standing there projecting wild notions onto the minds of those I have yet to know? The only thing that is clear in the minds of those partaking in elevator travel is that you must stay silent until you reach your destination. I find it strange that we have the ability to stand so close to strangers and not utter a single word, the same behavior can be observed on the subway, but that is a special case on its own. Every once in a while, a person I am sharing an elevator trip with makes a statement about the weather, and I courteously respond for a moment, only to return to a more awkward silence than the usual fare. For whatever reason, elevators are and will always be places of silent reflection, and any attempts to break the standard silence is often met with apprehension and deeper silence. I am sure there will come a day when people can freely speak while riding an elevator, but until that time comes, I will continue to follow the elevator’s odd rules of engagement, and just keep quiet.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
Peace is a period of harmony or accord between social groups and countries. Throughout the history of man, there are actually very few if any short periods of peace. Albert Einstein’s quote hits on the major issue that hinders peacefulness, that is the use of force to try and foster peace. Peace is something that everyone on earth is searching for, but we are forgetting one of the major necessities for peace. In a war for peace, as oxymoronic a term as that is, there is no chance for understanding because way too much force is used, and in protests many fight to be understood but are met with undue force. Humans need to work better to understand one another, understanding does not mean agreeing with everything others do or say, understanding is taking time to listen to the concerns of others before drawing conclusions. In order for peace to be attained people must put aside their differences and get to know their adversary, perhaps we are all more similar than we think and peace is only a long talk away.
Yesterday I was having a little debate with a friend about the role physicality plays in attraction with men and women. My friend was firmly in the camp that men are always physically motivated when searching for a mate, while women are exclusively emotionally motivated. Before I get into my rebuttal to that claim, I must state that this friend of mine is also a male, so I was somewhat shocked that he wouldn’t give his own kind the benefit of the doubt. I understand that throughout history men have been seen as only motivated by what they see, but as times have changed I have to argue that women are almost just as physically motivated as men when it comes to looking for a partner or mate. I have several female friends who have openly mused about the height and appearance of their optimal mate, and while that may not be as sexual in nature as what men dream about, I feel it is just as relevant to the argument that women care about what they see. There is a common phrase that states “sex sells,” and while I understand that many commercials and movies geared towards men prod at that factor of the male psyche, women are also the target of many sexually based advertisements. For every hooters commercial geared towards men, we have a superhero movie in which the male protagonist is inexplicably shown partially nude. The fact of the matter is that human beings, as a whole, are drawn to things and people based on what they see. With the advent of gender equality it is no shock that many women are just as open to express their sexuality as men have seemingly always been, and I feel as though that point on its own makes my argument. Both men and women are largely driven by sight, and while many may believe that women are solely drive by emotion, I think they are somewhat misinformed and their data is completely outdated.