A story of a human, called ‘Being’
Being was an aspiring dentist, living a busy life. Feeling pressed and stressed by the many demands in life, ‘Being’ relied on fast food, cigarettes and coke — it was all time efficient and focus enhancing. Soon zie became overweight and got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. As Being got employed, the stress-levels were increasing, and the time for Being to be began decreasing. Luckily, zir digital world was a touch away, entering it at every opportunity. Soon zie was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and anxiety disorder. Being wasn’t worried — these conditions were the norm in the society. Zie took the prescribed pills, and kept serving the society’ demands, squeezing bits and pieces of happiness here and there.
In many years that followed, Being would go to work, come home, eat food, plug into VR to consume virtual goodies, play the god of zir creation in VR, consult Zortana to see if there’s a potential date match, take pills, and sleep. One day, Being wakes up to the news of being declared a bio program — an unconscious being executing on the programs (ingrained habits) in its mind.
The food industry and social media leverage the very same neural circuitry used by slot machines and cocaine to keep us hooked on their products, downgrading the human potential. The very same neural circuitry that helped our ancestors in the survival of our species.
Let’s not forget the Being beating in all of us. Evolution goes beyond survival. 🙏