24 May 2015
You know what the best thing is about being over 40? All that embarrassing stuff in your life happened before the internet and iphone cameras! Imagine having to re-live all those stupid things you did when you were young, and know that the whole world can see and laugh about it too. But, when I watch global news on France24 tv, I often think about the poor people who live in the 'third world'. There they are living the kind of traditional lives their forefathers always lived: unpaved roads, flimsy shacks, no sanitation etc. Yet, some young people there are shown with iphones. How can they not compare their lives with those of us in the west and feel intensely aggrieved? In the past they would have just soldiered on. Ignorance is bliss. But now? What can they do? You can't just skip over centuries of lost opportunities of technological advances. It can't be done. Decades ago I remember that old English tv advert: Clunk-click every trip. Today I make mistake after mistake by clicking too quickly and then can't retrieve what I've sent. To the people of the third-world: enjoy your lives. Think twice before you click.