An Important Observation on the Search for Meaning

The box is empty: On iPhones, religion and disconnection -

“Now, nine months later, I am not a different person. I am not more zen. I am not any nicer. I am not happier. I’ve saved a lot of money, and that is about it. The truth is I have not found new meaning in my slightly more ascetic life. But neither did I find it in that iPhone box. I don’t think anyone lined up on those sidewalks has either.”

Scott Gilmore was getting fed up with the hamster wheel of always buying new things, especially technology. This is the natural consumer response to planned obsolescence and the social pressure to have the newest device.  We don’t intend to do it, but after a while find ourselves carried out by the tide.  And before we know it we are a long way from shore. He decided to take a consumer “fast” and not buy anything he didn’t really need.  It sounds like the experience was helpful and he saved some money. But what he found was interesting.  He didn’t find meaning and fulfillment in all the stuff and technology. He also didn’t find it in the absence of all the technology and stuff.  If we want to satisfy the deepest hungers of the soul, neither trinkets nor self discipline will do the trick. We need the Bread of life.

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15 Mobile Trends to Watch in 2015

15 Mobile Trends to Watch in 2015.

“2015 is, more than anything else, the year the smartphones and mobile tablets will be used more than all other devices in the market”

This from Mashable. Interesting stuff. I am not an old guy that hates technology, but to be honest some of this causes anxiety for me.  The changes that are coming along with our technology and devices is accelerating faster than our security, ethics, and our ability to navigate a connected world.  So… we will be able to be constantly connected all the time, everywhere, with every device. But is that actually going to help us live a good life? Questions that we need to ask before we quaff the whole bottle.

One big take away for me is the need for two factor authentication for accounts such as Google, Banking, Evernote, etc..  This is a procedure that requires 2 “passwords” to confirm access to an account. It prevents someone who may steal a password or device from accessing your stuff.  You can find more info on two factor authentication here.