Manufacturing countries that clandestinely hate China have successfully inflicted a “slow death” on the awakened dragon of Asia. They have simply transferred the production aspect of their business in China because of her cheap labor and with it, the byproduct of high technology – the deadly pollution! They have been awfully successful, no question about that!
China today, is practically crawling due to the effect of heavy pollution while countries that own brands manufactured in China are basking under smog-free atmosphere. Every day, internet news carries warnings of the Chinese government to its citizens about the heavy pollution and photos are those of the Chinese citizens with face or surgical mask to lessen their inhalation of the dirty air. An enterprising European country is reportedly exporting fresh bottled air to China.
The phenomenon in China should serve as a warning to the third-world countries that are blinded by the prospect of living in comfort through high technology. China has practically flooded the world with products made in her homeland. Despite such show of opulence, she is far from being satisfied as her expansionistic desire is slowly creeping towards the rest of Asia and the African continent- with all their third world countries.
The governments of these countries would like their forests be uprooted and replaced with factories; would like their fields planted to rice, corn and other staple foods bulldozed to give way to resorts and first-class housing projects; would like their mountains to be drilled for minerals; would like their citizens to be introduced into the mean habits of squalid urban life; would like their centuries-old traditions and faith to be polluted with the immoralities of progress.
As the exploitation lasts only for as long as there are yet to be exploited, their “benefits” are likewise short-lived. When the factories and mining companies stop their exhaustive operations, they leave behind ghost towns and villages- with their rivers poisoned by chemicals and the once-fertile land exhausted of their nutrients making them not suitable even for the lowly grass. Their polluted culture gives rise to a new generation of prostitutes and indolent, and worst, with a twisted view on faith.
The high-technology must be one of the checks that God has imposed on earth to maintain the balance, aside from natural calamities such as typhoon, earthquake, diseases, and floods, as well as, man-made war. Without them, the world would have burst long time ago, due to overpopulation and inadequate sustenance. But, while these are divine penalties, caution should have been observed by man to at least delay and minimize their occurrence. Unfortunately, man is now reaping the fruits of his greed…at high speed!
In the Old Testament, when the God of Israelites wanted them punished for their misdeed, He used the heathen races or tribes to sow disaster upon them. Sometimes He used calamities such as diseases and famine-causing pestilence. The religions of the world are based either directly or indirectly on the Abrahamaic faith, except for some pockets of tribes in unexplored nooks of forests and islands. In a way, most peoples of the world are connected to the God of Israel. Are we now suffering from this divine penalty, mentioned in the Old Testament?
Ngayon, ang facebook na yata ang pinakatanyag na bahagi ng internet dahil marami na ang nakapagpatunay na talagang malaking tulong ito sa buhay ng tao. Malamang na ang orihinal nitong gamit ay para lamang sa mga retrato, kaya dapat ay naka-frame ang mga ipo-post sa facebook, upang magmukha itong “photo album” , kaya nga “facebook” o “aklat ng mukha”. Dahil dito ay nagdalawang- isip ako noon sa paglagay ng mga ginawa kong sanaysay at tula. At, kung kailangan ko talagang maglagay, dapat ay i-frame ko rin sila. Sa payak kong kaisipan, pwede nga siguro, pero kailangan kong tadtarin at ilagay sa kung ilang frame dahil kung ang isang sanaysay ay mahaba, iisang buong page na ng facebook ang siguradong masasakop nito….at sigurado ding isusumpa ako ng nangangasiwa dahil sa pang-aabuso!
Maaaring magkaroon ng ilang “katauhan” gamit ang ilan ding facebook dahil hindi naman alam ng nangangasiwa kung sino talaga ang may-ari ng mga ito. Dahil sa nabanggit, dapat lang na bago mag-confirm ng “friend request” ay kailangang tsekin ang mga detalye sa facebook ng nagpadala. Ang siste lang, marami ang gumagawa ng facebook na ang tanging laman ay pangalan at hindi pa sigurado kung totoo. Lalo na ngayong panahon ng batikusan sa larangan ng pulitika na nagbigay- buhay sa maraming grupo na ang layunin ay mambatikos ng mga pulitiko. Kung papansinin, ang facebook ng ibang nambabatikos ay walang lamang detalye kundi nakakadudang pangalan. Okey lang sana kung makabuluhan ang mga pagbatikos, subali’t ang iba ay halata namang hindi pinag-isipan, kaya ang labas ng mga gumawa ay ang tinatawag sa social media na “bashers”. Sila ang mga mahilig lang mangantiyaw at makisakay sa mga isyu.
Ang problema sa kaso ng “bashing” ay mahirap i-trace kung sino ang mga kaibigan ng “bashers” at kung kaninong facebook sila nakakabit kaya nagawa nilang pumasok sa “loop” o samahan ng mga dapat sana ay magkakakilala. Problema din dito kung naka-“public” ang isang facebook kaya napapasok ng kahit sino.
Mayroon ring nanlilito ng mga viewers. Ito yong parang may iniiwasan. Ang payo ko lang, kapag dating kaibigan ang gumagawa nito at obvious na talagang namimili lang siya ng makakadaupang-palad sa facebook, huwang nang magpumilit na mag-reach out sa kanya. Pagbigyan siya sa kanyang kagustuhan dahil baka nagkaroon ng hindi magandang karanasan sa piling ng mga dating ka-fb, kaya dinelet niya ang dati at nagbukas ng bago, at pati katauhan niya para sa mundo ng internet ay binago na rin.
Hindi rin pala tinatanggal ng nangangasiwa ng facebook ang mga namamayapa na, kaya tuloy pa rin ang pagsulpot ng mga pangalan nila sa listahan ng mga suggested friends. Nagkakaroon tuloy ng tampo ang ibang palaging nagpapadala ng friend request na hindi naman daw inaaksiyunan, hanggang sa may magsabing patay na pala ang taong gusto nilang maka-friend!…nagsisi tuloy sila dahil sa pagtampo sa taong matagal na palang patay! …kaya nagkaroon pa ng obligasyon na taimtim na pagdasal upang humingi ng sorry sa namayapa!
Marami ring kuwentong “pagkikita” sa facebook pagkalipas ng kung ilang taon. May mga kabataan namang sa facebook naging magkaibigan, hanggang sa magligawan, na kung minsan ay nauuwi sa lokohan kaya may mga kaso ng panggagahasa. Mayroon ding kaso ng lokohan sa pera na idinaan sa pakikipagkaibigan sa facebook. Pero may mga sinusuwerte ding nakakita ng matinong asawa sa facebook.
Upang makaiwas sa kapahamakan, dapat na lang isaalang-alang ang lubusang pag-ingat sa paggamit ng facebook. At, huwag din abusuhin ang magandang layunin nito para lang makapangantiyaw ng kapwa upang hindi magantihan. Palaging alalahanin na hindi man tayo nakikita ng ating kapwa sa ating ginagawa, hindi bulag ang nasa itaas na 24/7 nakabantay sa atin…
I know that I will be exposing myself to ridicule with the ideas that I will share in this dissertation, as viewers will perceive me as a trying hard Nostradamus. But I don’t mind because I espouse freedom of expression. I am emboldened with the questions such as, was not TV used to be called “idiot box” before it was finally accepted? …and was not the cellular phone just a crazy idea, far from being realized because there was no connecting cable involved?
When I was young, during which the only cordless communication gadget that I knew was the walkie-talkie radio units, I was already imagining about phones not connected with cords and wires. I had my first glimpse of a phone from the pages of the National Geographic when I was in high school. Later, I saw pictures of phones installed in cars. Later, the pager came, and finally, the cellular phones that are being manufactured today with different shapes. There was a time when I imagined a typewriter that could store typed words; small flashlights and radios that can fit pockets; pencils that double as ballpoint pens.
Today, I do not tire of imagining things to come as a result of never-ending quest of man for things that will satisfy his whims and comfort. Although there is a popular view is that, newly-invented gadgets are nothing but ridiculous contraptions until their use have become widely accepted.
Along this line, I imagine the day when a slim duplicating machine will become an integral part of laptops. A few stack of copying paper, brought along in the laptop bag, can be fed to it one at a time. Bulky? No!…because the design I imagine shall revolve around the principles of slimness and lightness. On the other hand, the prototype of a laptop that can be rolled and which I have been imagining for many years has already come out in the internet.
I also imagine, a set of 3 ball pen-sized contraptions that beam laser images of computer keyboard on a table, screen on the wall, with the third serving as modem that stores beamed images and texts, and with the contraptions operating on a very compact battery.
Other innovations that I am imagining are:
Cellphones, laptops, i-pads, and other gadgets that run on motion-charged batteries (this concept is already used in automatic writswatches, but not yet on big gadgets)
“Perpetual” vibrating cellphone restpad/charger for units with motion-charged battery; the restpad/charger shall also be self-charging from its motion, with the initial charge from few minutes of shakes given to it
Cellphone units that can convert received verbally transmitted messages into text, as well as, vocalize received text messages for the benefit of the deaf and blind
Cellphone units that automatically prevent electrical transmission of chargers when batteries are already full to prevent overcharging
Batteries for laptop and cellphone that can last for one week despite regular daily use
Cellphones that can be unfolded four times into a mini-pad
Intelligent cars installed with application readers, to enable them to read applications, for instance, on geographical make up of a town, city, province, and direction to tourist destinations, so that a tourist can just go to a car rental agency, choose an application depending on the number of destination wanted, and let the car do the rest – without even being driven; the intelligent cars shall also read applications on reminders about the fuel status of the car, spare parts that need to be replaced, etc.
Cars that can reverse magnetic attraction to a certain level, so that they can be driven over flooded surface
Airport cars that are remote- controlled so that after bringing clients to destinations, they can be electronically guided back to the airport garage
Wheelchairs that can float and be driven, with battery powered by motion
Edible food container as replacement for styros
A chemical that can disinfect and convert human waste into an odorless consistency free from germs, and can be molded into hardy boards and roofing sheets that can be used for low-cost housing
A chemical that can convert waste from the kitchen into liquid fertilizer
Hybrids of fruits such as seedless jackfruit and durian with smooth skin, kiwi fruit with edible skin, seedless avocado with edible skin, round banana with edible skin, seedless mango with edible skin, grapes that can grow into the size of pomelo
Hybrids of vegetables such as seedless gourds, seedless tomato, seedless cucumber, seedless squash, elongated cabbage that can grow like vine
Hybrids of flowers such as roses that can bear flowers as big as cabbage and can last for at least one year, and when cut, for at least three months
A glowing paint with pigments that can illuminate walls and ceilings, with the degree of illumination depending on the color of the paint, to drastically reduce, if not eliminate the use of light bulbs in some areas of the house or building
Gadgets that can capture electricity from a source at least fifty kilometers away so that electric cables shall no longer be necessary to transport the power to the homes and other structures; the principle to be used here will be similar to the one used in the cordless mouse of computers and cordless chargers of cellphones
A gadget that can be plugged into a socket and can send power to an equipment such as copying machine, refrigerator, TV, radio, and music station, while another gadget shall be attached to the equipment to receive the power; this way the clutter of cables and wires is eliminated and the equipment can be moved anywhere in the house or building but within the range of the relaying and receiving gadgets
Umbrellas with extra thin extension that can be unrolled into a tarp and can accommodate 4 more people
CCTV cameras that are programmed to detect harmful actions of captured images so that an alert can be received by the monitor and which shall send out a signal; this way the CCTV can maximize its use even if the monitor is not watched 24/7
The modern world thrives on some crazy ideas and I would like to contribute some of my own. I am asking the indulgence of viewers in this effort. This is better than thinking of ways on how to evade a CCTV while robbing a bank, kill someone with a deadly look, break eardrums with horrid songs, or concoct herbal preparations that can induce conception of quadruplets or quintuplets.
A fellow blogger once asked me if he should go on blogging or not because he noticed the sparse likes that his posted photos are getting. I told him that he should go on and just forget about the likes. I reminded him that his primary reason for blogging is to share with utmost sincerity what he has as a person, which is skill in photography. I told him that somehow, he has his own space where he can showcase his talent – practically for free, and can reach out to those in other parts of the world. Capping my advice, I told him about a blogger, Tedd Navarro, who interprets his views uniquely, by way of illustrated electrical installations, being an electrical engineer. Another blogger I mentioned is Ross Capili, renowned Filipino artist whose paintings are admired even abroad and which he shares with viewers. I finally forced a nod from him when I said that it is God’s desire for us to share whatever talent He gave us, as it is a blessing, and meant not only to be appreciated but also to be “learned”.
I am appreciative of bloggers who, in their own simple way, exert effort in sharing with others how they enjoy life by posting even their modest breakfast fare of fried dried fish, rice, tomato and onion salad, and coffee. Those who share the lighter side of life by posting photos of families, beloved pets, newly-polished fingernails, pouting children and even stolen shots of sleeping friends with open mouth, and many other hilarious moments should be commended, as well for their humble appreciation of life. For me, blogging is an expression of one’s appreciation of life.
We should be thankful to those who find time in posting photos that visually describe their culture. Blogs let us know about the happenings in other parts of the world such as calamities brought about by the forces of nature, unrests brought about by differences in political and religious views, places that we need not personally visit to appreciate, foods that we can also cook in our own homes to be enjoyed without going to first class restaurants, and other extensive information that can only be had by flipping the pages of expensive printed books.
No less than the current pope himself, Francis, made use of the blogging tool for its vast outreach to interact with Roman Catholics throughout the world to put a check on their dwindling number. We are living within the cycle that God, himself designed. We just cannot oppose the force of momentum, and part of it is the complicated high technology.
The blogging arena called internet provides a web that serves as an intricate system of electronic highways that eventually unify mankind. We should thank those who bred this technology to once more bring the different races together after they were “dispersed” as told in the legend of the Tower of Babel.