Technology not the be-all, end-all

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I remember full well the Disney shows on Sunday that focused on technology and progress.

I also read quite a bit about the world being promised flying cars by this time, although to be honest, that probably came from cartoons.

I have seen quite a few gadgets come along that have changed the way we live and work and eat and sleep. The microwave oven, for instance, has become just as much a part of life as the pillow (although I can’t abide what microwaves do to chicken. It’s like rubber).

Fax machines made business communication so much easier, and now, email has made the fax machine obsolete.

Cell phones have essentially replaced all forms of communication. The phone I carry, while it’s three years old, has more storage and computing power that the first computer I ever owned.

I’m not sure, though, that just because it’s new and technologically advanced, it is better — like microwaved chicken. Convenience can become a problem when it takes the place of common sense and honest work.

For example, the other day, as I was driving into work, I looked into the vehicle in the next lane (as we all do), and saw what technology has born: the driver was simultaneously brushing her hair, talking on a cell phone, and using a tablet to watch a news program that was being broadcast.

Technology was OK in one aspect, such as communication, but it became hazardous when used in a manner for which it was never intended.

Just like the argument over the best way to police the border, which has one side saying seismic detectors and drones are the way to go, and the other wanting an old-fashioned wall.

The use of gadgets shouldn’t be the answer here, because of the fallibility and the impermanence of these devices. Beside the efficacy of brick and steel, it has the advantage of being a deterrent simply by existing.

The people heading for our country seeking a better life certainly deserve the opportunity, and I believe that both sides agree on that point. What’s at issue here, though is security, despite what the liberals would have you believe.

While technological advances can give us some help here, a wall really is the best way to secure an area. Houses have them, communities have them, zoos, jails, back yards all have them. They are effective. And, if used with other, say, technological methods, would be really effective.

As long as it’s security we’re talking about. Right, Chuck? Nancy?

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.

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