First and foremost, convenience isn’t just a thing for millennials. Convenience is something all humans – ever – looked for, aspired, craved. From the first tools made by man to render elementary tasks more effective, to the amazing shopping experience Amazon has become, Humans have always been searching for ways to ease their way of life through technology.
Yes that’s right. Some call this technology, others; tools — but ultimately all of these converge towards a single unique aspiration: convenience.
With today’s ever more convenient world, one might very well be questioning himself wether convenience and the never ending race to substitute us away from literally anything we do is still “the way” to go as the ultimate drive for human evolution.
Did you ever questioned convenience?
Convenience vs Happiness
I’ve noticed that often, people tend to link convenience with happiness. If convenience isn’t seen as the embodiment of happiness on its own, it is definitely regarded as a way to eventually reach ones ultimate state of happiness.
Imagine! A world so convenient that everything you ever wanted is right there, at the reach of your finger tips. No more waiting, no more saving, no more challenges. Everything would be so easy and we would live like gods. Right?
I’m not so sure. Maybe I was … But now, I’m definitely not anymore. After living for a few years in one of the most convenient ever societies, Taiwan (comparable to Japan, and other South-East Asia countries), I can definitely tell you that convenience isn’t a source of Happiness. Even if it solves these small short terms desires!
Happiness is a long term state for mind. It’s about inner peace and being in a state in which we actually don’t need anything more to be happy.
Convenience on the contrary feeds itself. It never stops, because there is always a better way, a faster way, a more convenient way to achieve something.
Convenience vs Technology
The widespread adoption of technology has without any doubt been mankind’s biggest accomplishment. Digital technology, mechanical technology, all kinds of technologies are at task today to solve complexe problems, save lives, and in some cases, substitue a human effort from the equation of accomplishment.
With technology as we know it, we’ve redefined convenience to another level. It’s not just Video that’s on demande now, but literally all aspects of our lives.
Instant everything, want it, get it. But is this level of convenience overdrive good? Does it really serves us — as humans.
Convenience overdrive and its consequences
By searching for always more convenience we’ve alienated ourselves progressively from all forms of work and endeavor. To the point were some people in our societies have a hard time to understand that some things aren’t instant. They don’t understand what it means to work for something you want, let alone feel the immense satisfaction of working hard and finally getting IT.
Our exposure to convenience at all levels of our lives varies. But overall, I’d argue that more less everyone knows what I’m talking about here — and if not, at least felt the lack of feeling it.
The consequences are immense. Global warming, pollution, the lack of understanding or empathy, disrespect, obesity, and the list goes on. All these are directly or indirectly linked to the convenience overdrive of our society.
So what can we do about it?
Be more thoughtful. Look for things that are truly fulfilling in your life. Take a step back, look out and understand the choices you make and consequences these have on your surroundings.
Not everything is bad, not everything is good either.