Basic Human Skills

Well, it’s Saturday! Hope yours is or has gone well. Kind of hot here, expecting showers tomorrow. As some may know, I hate today’s technology. Exceptions of course for WordPress and a smooth running lap top (smiles). But I feel that many of us have traded one seemingly social behavior for another. And that cannot lead to anything good. I remember a time (maybe you do to) when there were no computers, cell phones, etc; I remember a time when it was safe for both parties involved to walk down the street and ASK a neighbor if you could use their phone (land line) to call home to tell mom you’ll be a tad late or for road assistance. And….it seemed like I was just happier. It just doesn’t work like that much anymore. 😦

Ahh, my good ol’ days. Anyway, I believe in keeping tech under control. Being its master and not it being yours. Sadly today, some would rather die (not joking!) than to be without their iPod, cell phone or that new plasma TV. Somewhere along the line we need to re-evaluate our lifestyle and take back our power and control and stop letting the commercials about the newest cell phone or gadget dominate our relationships, even our very lives. Oh! and what if one day, someone “flicks” the “off” switch and turns off the machine (internet,cellular waves)…powergrid goes down? (it will one day ya know?) What will some people do?

With all this said, I’d like to offer this piece below from Jonathan C.” –Moraldiplomat


‘Technology has made life easier because we don’t have to use our brains for all the small stuff, but it turns out that some of that small stuff is worth doing. Breaking away from technology makes things surprisingly easier sometimes.

What are some basic human skills we have lost to technology?

Here’s one; mental math. When was the last time you calculated something without a calculator? You can download a calculator for your phone that specializes in just about anything—from calculating a tip to splitting a check. Basically, you never have to use your brain to calculate anything if you don’t want to.

Mental math is by no means required to survive in the world, but being able to do a few basic calculations in your head makes life a lot easier.

Spelling is also a skill we’ve given up to technology. Spellcheck and auto-correct have turned me into a spelling idiot. When I’m writing by hand or typing on something that doesn’t have Spellcheck I sometimes stop mid-sentence looking at a really pedestrian word thinking, “that looks weird. Is that really how you spell that?”

To get these skills back, the best thing you can do is handcuff yourself a little.

The next time you’re trying to figure out a tip, leave the calculator in your pocket. Personally, I also spend a little time practicing mental math in weird ways. While I’m driving, I’ll mentally calculate when I’ll arrive somewhere by calculating my speed and the distance to my destination. When I fill up the tank I’ll calculate my miles per gallon. When I’m cooking, I’ll skip Google and figure out ratios on my own.

The more you do it, the quicker you’ll become.’

Credit: Jonathan C.

Thanks Jonathan, A true Patriot.

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Phil 4:8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”








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