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Anil Rajvanshi

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Should we limit our use of cellphones, internet and TV to get back our mental peace?

Internet, cell phones and TV are great means of communication and information. However we as humans are becoming their slaves. A short essay on what can and should be done is at. http://www.nariphaltan.org/cellphone.pdf

Thoughts, debate and suggestions are welcome.

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  • Sep 18 2012: I'm against the proliferation of such electronics for two reasons. First, the manufacture of them requires heavy metals that are often mined in Africa and other third world areas where life is hell, warlords rule and sell the metals, coltan in particular, and anyone who gets in the way gets maimed or killed. Secondly, they take people's focus away from more important things, such as nature and health. Television with remote controls and video games require these metals also, and children are being sucked into their void, and aren't outside climbing trees, or learning sports, and are not getting exercise. I might add that texting while driving is now becoming a hazard, and fatal car accidents are accumulating because of it. I think there should be an age limit for cell phones, as with alcohol, voting, and joining the military.
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      Sep 18 2012: It is true. The raw resources of the planet have been harvested mostly by exploitation for thousands of years. This is only beginning to change. I suggest that technology has reduced exploitation, raised awareness and allows pressure to be exerted on oppression.

      The impact of technology on nature and health is seemingly ambiguous. On the one hand it allows the distribution of resources more efficiently, on the other it allows us consume resources faster. Those with access to technology have longer life spans, as the overall life expectancy of civilization, apparently, decreases.

      I am of the opinion that efficiency (mathematics) and compassion (charity) can trump any of the issues we face today. It is simply a matter of popular and political will. Nothing short of full blown global awareness and connectivity will allow such an event to take place in real time.

      Imagine if the will of the planet was coordinated on a singular effort. Nothing could stop us.
      • Sep 18 2012: I'm not so optimistic. I don't see all of the world being able to communicate having much effect on the misery people who live where the mines are have to endure. I don't see technology helping native peoples throughout the world. I tend to think like the author Jerry Mander, who wrote In The Absense of the Sacred - The Failure of Technology and the Survival of The Indian Nations, and Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
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          Sep 18 2012: If it is known that a group is being exploited and that knowledge is communicated to a group that opposes exploitation it may become a matter of group dynamics.

          If we do not know of a problem, we cannot solve it. If we know of a problem and choose not to solve it, it is perhaps a matter of will and determination.

          A problem can be expressed mathematically, therefore, perhaps, it can be solved. If it can be solved then the solution can be expressed mathematically.

          Typically, there is more than one solution to a problem. Therefore, perhaps it is compassion that must compel us into choosing wise solutions.

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