Convenience: the slow killer

Finding easier, more comfortable ways of doing things is killing us. Slowly, but surely.

Small example: remote control channel changers. No need to get up anymore. Result – hours of inactivity.

Example #2: smart phones. Same result. Where we had to get up once in a while to check something, now we don’t.

No more heavy lifting and no more heavy thinking. The process that started with the invention of the wheel is rolling us to its inevitable conclusion: a human society in which there is zero need for physical effort. And not much for mental effort. It’s all at the fingertips. No need to drag our out-of-shape bodies even as far as the corner store, let alone outside to mow the lawn. There are machines that do that for us. There are machines that do everything for us and they’re getting more affordable and accessible all the time.

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