Question #10: Modern Conveniences vs. Happiness?
(This post is part of a series for July 2013 entitled “Question Month.” Read the intro to the series here.)
My Facebook post earlier today:
“Question No. 10: Do modern conveniences help or hinder the pursuit of happiness?”
It’s both. Of course it’s both. Medical science, paved streets, Skype… They all help. Hugely. But hanging laundry and making bread from scratch soothe and invigorate my soul in a way an electric dryer and a flaccid bagged excuse for bread never will.
A lot of modern innovations serve to isolate us in our tiny suburban castles. Those are clearly bad news bears. Many more distract and fragment our lives (a la Facebook) and are to be used sparingly and with caution.
And zillions simply serve to free our time, in and of themselves not a bad thing. Except that we need to use our hands sometimes to feel alive, beyond our online avatars. To knead the bread. To scrub the tile. To wrap the yarn. To clip laundry, dripping cool against the summer heat.
That is when our minds are most free; when our hands are employed in menial tasks.