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December 27, 2017

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year!

Wow—2018: Remember when the whole world was going to come to a screeching halt when the clock struck midnight on the year 2000? I laughed at everyone then and was justified, because humans created the computer so humans can fix computers. They only exist to make humans work less and weigh more.

Very few of our great grandparents were overweight. They worked at what we call our everyday chores instead of letting the machines and computers do it for them. Granted, I’ve become as lazy as the next guy and can’t imagine life without them, but have they made our bodies stronger? Some computerized machines were made to make us jog, climb, or pump weights, all the while monitoring our heartbeat or oxygen level—all because other machines have made us turn to them to regain our health. We are in a machine world and turning evermore dependent upon them.

There are numerous electronic or computerized machines we use daily that we never even think about. They wake us with music, brew our coffee, microwave our breakfast, take us to work (or play), do our jobs for us while there, then home again to perhaps an already cooked meal in a controlled heated environment. They answer our questions, monitor our lighting, keep us connected to family and friends, and entertain us for the evening, some by voice alone. Now we don’t have to go to our encyclopedias—some can just ask a pod in their home or their mobile telephone. “Google, who, what, where, when, why, or how?” They get the answer within seconds. Later some can retire to a bed, which adjusts to their whims by conforming to their bodies, positions, or heat. And this is just to name a few; I’ve barely scratched the surface.

All in all, computers have made our lives so easy, and yet so unhealthy and, yes, I’m just as guilty as the rest. I can’t imagine life without the PC. It entertains and educates, and helps us stay connected to loved ones—and submit personal opinions.

Mildred Lykens



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