A Defense of Technology
I am not in disagreement with this Heideggerian discourse. I think he was right in criticizing technology and western metaphysics through it. But I want to share a feeling which I recently had about the humane face of technology. Sometimes techno-gadgets can give us unexpected bouts of happiness which are the most prized occasions of human life. For true happiness is always unexpected.
If the life is a carnival, the only bliss is conversation. Conversation is the most inseparable part of humanness. Life would become utterly meaningless without the gift of communication. And here lies the positive side of technology. Mobile phones and internet has increased possibilities of human communication boundlessly. The other day, when I was chatting with S., I was startled by this fact. These strange modes of communication can generate a strong feeling of wonder which is often supposed to be killed by technological advancements.