Sunday Essays: Wake up

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

IT IS a known fact that technologies make our works easier and faster. We can save more time and energy than doing the actual work manually. But even with these good attributes lies a mouthful of poison.

Sending a message via email or text messages is obviously faster than saying it personally; cleaning a house using a vacuum cleaner does not require too much effort compared to holding brooms and dustpans; getting to a place using a car saves up time and sweat instead of walking; surfing the internet and watching television for hours are more entertaining than doing recreational activities and such.

What we don't know is that there are some things that go unnoticed by us, not to mention that we unknowingly neglect sparing a glance on it because we always go for the "easier" way.

What we don't see nor feel in sending messages through the internet or gadgets are the emotions evoked, a real connection; cleaning a house with a vacuum cleaner may be faster but how can we notice the small parts of our house; a car could save time and sweat but how can we appreciate the beauty of our surroundings; surfing the internet and watching television offer us a wide array of entertainment but doing these alone is also boring and won't give us the chance to connect and communicate with the people and environment around us.

It is tempting to do the easy way, with its factors time and less effort enticing us. But we would miss out the joy in actually doing it. Twitter, Facebook and other social media help us in widening our scope of friends but how about meeting our friends in real life?

Texting is so much easier but how about talking to people personally? What would you feel if you go out with your friends but then it's useless because you are still facing your gadgets?

Imagine the world like this. No real communication and interaction, be it with people or the environment. It's a good place but at the same time scary.

Life can't go on with us doing these things. Real communication requires real interaction. With interaction, there's a connection.

In that connection, we are slowly building relationships - people to people and people to their environment. But this does not start from me to you or from you to me. It starts from within us.

Just try, go see the world. Spread the word, wake the people up from their deep slumber and make them enjoy the "real" life without these temptations. Be an agent of real communication.

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Sunday Essays are articles written by students of Ateneo de Davao University for their journalism class.

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