The other day I had a chat with one of my friends and realized how technology actually helps in reversing the progression we had made.
We are an infinitely large bunch of fellow humans who are endowed with certain special talents to keep us ‘up’. As they say, each one of us is unique like the other??? As a child we are often made to attend many classes, karates, swimmings, crickets, dancings, and god knows what all. To ‘sharpen’ the talents that we have in each other. This reminds me of a humor. A woman in her teens is asked about her hobbies , on which she mentions - classical dance. The person questioning her asks whether she has trained in it, on which she replies so because she learned it in a ‘class’. (Class-ical dance, perhaps???).
But the point being, with the technological advent, we have left behind us the ‘classical’ talents that we have imbibed or were forced to imbibe?
Some non-classical talents also got imbibed for which we had natural flair for.
Like for example the art of sketching…it is like of those skills which have to be nurtured with time. As time progresses, the more one sketches, the more he/she masters the art. But with the ‘demands’ of technology, todays artists dwell more on what is called as digital art i.e mixing various technological mediums with the hand drawn sketches. There is nothing wrong in doing this, but the debate about giving ‘full human’ justice to the product is the key. Painters who toiled for several hours, days together to make one painting are set aside by these ‘digital painters’ who with their powerful imagination come up with their product much before a hand can do it.
Same goes with the art of writing letters. The age of emailing and sms-ing has taken a set back with the traps these technological relievers give. The dnt for don’t, the g8 for great, the f9 for fine, the modern lingo is fast replacing the customary English language. It is considered hep by the junta. The saving or eating up of certain letters in the words or replacing them in a certain frame is another matter of debate. The point being, how much should be expose ourselves to the technology to ride us or how to strike a balance between technological advancements and human skills, so that we cannot mention to anyone that…oh yeah, I have a ‘latent talent’?