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Laziness is not civilized!

Okay people, por favor, don’t let’s get completely pathetic.

I was walking through the parking lot at Target yesterday and I saw a perfectly able-bodied woman who, having loaded her SUV with Christmas surplus, was standing there watching the hatch close itself!!!  

I am disgusted.  This is not an awesome use of technology, people!  This is an example of why we are a flabby, soft, lazy, weak population!

Okay, maybe I’m overreacting a little.  Maybe having to close the hatch of her SUV is the bane of her existence.  I know if I could get something that would make it so I never had to touch a dirty dish again as long as I lived, I would buy it in a heartbeat. 

And really, there are lots of contraptions helping us out.  I haven’t beat my clothes against a rock in the creek in quite some time.  But seriously.  When will it stop?  When will we take some pride in having strength, agility, endurance?

When will we see “automatic hatch closer” on the list of car features and say, “Honestly, no, see the flab hanging off my upper arms?  I think I’d better close the hatch myself, thanks.”

Considering the economic state of our country, we’ve got a lot of work to do.  I suspect it is the roll-up-your-sleeves, elbow grease kind of work that makes you sweat, and not something for which if one pushes the correct sequence of buttons one might remotely signal the economy to restart itself.

Let’s stop being proud of our new laze-crazy devices and start being proud of ourselves and each other for our genuine human abilities.

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Suicidal Convenience

Is there a point where our lives are convenient enough and we can start focussing on things that matter?

CNN reports this morning that a new, faster, easier way to pay is on the horizon. No more cash or credit cards. Those things take multiple seconds to manipulate during a transaction! Soon you can scan your fingerprint into the system, connect the data to your bank account, and voila! Simply touch a screen and deductions will be made for whatever you purchase.

Am I paranoid or is this a really lousy idea? Instead of having your wallet or purse stolen they’ll chop off your finger. Or your hand, you know, whatever is more convenient at the moment.

After all, convenience is priority number one.

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