Real Life Apps – you need these too!
I was thinking about this the other day as I observed a large number of zombies trudging around Hoboken streets. With literally millions of smart phone “apps” out there to supposedly “make your life easier,” how is this negatively impacting society?
For one, I can see the “social” aspect of the digitally connected world making it harder and harder for a person “marinating in the matrix” to comfortably converse with another human face to face. If you have not witnessed this phenomenon, then you might be “one of them.”
But in order to make this article more compelling and easier to digest for the digital drones out there – I had to name it “real life apps,” because it’s sad, but true. Heck, people can’t even manage a trip to the dry cleaner anymore!
Top 5 Real Life Apps you need to re-connect with today
Below are some “real life apps” that people ought to get (re)acquainted with NOW:
1. Common Sense
Common sense is a actually a “learned app,” that you can’t really download to be your digital assistant. Common sense is something that sort of has its own unique law. You know, right – wrong, ethical – unethical, safe – risky, stupid – smart, do unto others as… etc.
Common sense used to be taught by parents back in the day. Not sure what happened to that.
People these days use the “crowdsourced” thing called the internet to act as their external brain – and don’t act upon their own brainwaves anymore. Super sad.
2. Observational Ability / Study
This (like every other “app” we’re about to mention), cannot in anyway involve a “download” and a quick solution to your problems. This is something that is quite amazing in fact.
The ridiculously rare ability for someone to be able to actually study something these days without consulting the internet is something to cherish. This means spending some time with your problem, project or situation – and carefully examining everything that encompasses it. It could take hours, days or even weeks before you reach you solution.
But guess what – you did it on your own.
This is really an off-shoot of the previous “app” called “study.” In order to have that observational and studious ability – you need to have another curious trait called PATIENCE. That means the capability to wait – and understand and have faith that you will solve your particular problem – but it requires that you try to comprehend (or think) more about the situation at hand.
Sometimes that means “sleeping on” an issue, or just “putting it on the backburner” until perhaps an unrelated circumstance allows you to stumble on the solution. Unless they are are “urgent” issues – most of your issues can be solved with patience.
Patience is also helpful when dealing with personalities and relationships. The plague known as “knee-jerk reaction” could be held in check if people had the real-life patience app.
This is a big deal – and should have probably been number one – but here it is as number four: EXPERIENCE.
Looking up shit on Wikipedia (or any encyclopedia for that matter), may serve as a starting point – but it will NEVER make up for TRUE personal experience for anything.
So while reference books do actually serve a very great purpose in this world, they do not replace real world experience.
Especially with NEWS or events throughout the world. Take the Ferguson incident for example. People are rioting, commenters ablaze, taking one side or another. But how many of them were there to see with their OWN TWO EYES what actually transpired? My take? EVERYONE SHOULD BACK DOWN SINCE THEY WERE NOT PERSONALLY THERE.
5. Independent Thought
Being “part of the herd” is attractive to most people because it takes most of the difficulty out of the equation. “Thrive with the herd, die with the herd,” so to say. And being independent adds a lot of responsibility to the mix for obvious reasons. You’re constantly on guard against a construct that is exponentially bigger than your lone dissenting voice.
But that is part of the problem, part of the design, and part of the bigger plan.
Independent thought for the most part is impossible without the other four “life apps,” but it is (in our opinion) a very dying breed – but at the same time quite essential for the survival of the human race.
So which real world “app” are you going to brush up on today?