Hey all. I got to thinking after I posted about names of relatives. Maybe some of you are thinking, how does Joey have a brother named Joey? Well, my parents divorced when I was 12. My dad hooked up with the chick he cheated on my mom with. That didn’t work out, so he got with his High School sweetheart. He cheated on her with his now wife of, IDK, 2 decades, I think. Their first son is Joey.
Weird? Yeah, I thought so, too. Why would you name your first son with somebody else what you already named your daughter?
Anyway, this post is about my older brother, Tony. He’s awesome! I could go on and on, talking about Tony. He taught me how to play D&D 30 years ago. He taught me so much. He is literally a genius. He could talk your ear off, but it’s all stuff that you’d want to hear about, so…
One day, I said something to him about technology getting out of control-like maybe technology is a bad thing. His reply went something like this:
Technology itself is neither good nor bad. It is just a thing. It is how we use it that determine its helpfulness or destruction to ourselves or the world.
Wow. Think about that for a sec.
What doctors can do now that they could not do 30 years ago. New medicine. Electric wheelchairs. Prosthetic limb advancements. The list goes on and on. I mean, this is wild!
But then, on the flip side, bombs are bigger. Internet fraud. The Flu gets worse every year. More and more kids bringing guns to school. What is wrong with technology? You ask? I certainly did, but hearing what Tony had to say on the matter, I now ask, “What is wrong with people?”
My view is that about 97% of the world is born good. However, somewhere along the lines, some of those stray, chasing money, power, whatever, and using technology as they see fit until it becomes warped and unrecognizable. Really, I don’t know what to say. This is the part where I try to appeal to people, yes, so let’s be knowledgeable and responsible with our ever-growing tool. Of course, there is always room for fun and games, but I hope we can all get to a point where we feel like the technology of each new generation is a triumph over the last.