Article Title: My advice after a year without tech: rewild yourself
This article deals on the experience of an ardent user of technology who did not rely on it for a year
The author starts with how once been an early adopter of tech, he was an unlikely early rejector. But it has now been over a year since he has used any technology. Living and working on a smallholding without electricity, fossil fuels or running water, the last year has taught him much about the natural world, society, the state of our shared culture, and what it means to be human in a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.
His primary motives were and still are ecological. The logic was simple enough. Even if used minimally, a single smartphone (or toaster, internet server, solar panel ) relies on the entire industrial megamachine for its production, marketing and consumption. He believes that he is more interested in keeping the best of the old ways alive, preserving a link from our ancient past and its crafts, perspectives, stories into our future, so that when the industrial apparatus collapses under the weight of its own junk, these long-serving ways can point us towards the back roads home.
The author concludes that for a better and sustainable life one should Resist debt, Resist careers, Resist chasing the dollar and Resist being sold by that mass-produced gadget that will distract you from life and Revolt on what you don’t like and spend time on what is important.
Words to Learn from this article:
Surveillance: close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal
Indigenous: originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native
Extravagance: lack of restraint in spending money or using resources
Vegan: a person who does not eat or use animal products
Dystopia: an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one
Catastrophe: an event causing great and usually sudden damage or suffering; a disaster
Skullduggery: underhand, unscrupulous, or dishonest behaviour or activities
Trawl: search thoroughly
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