What really matters

It’s what you do with what you have that matters.

Yes, we’re living in the Internet Age, and we cannot emphasize enough just how important this technology means for us. Basically, it is part of almost everyone’s daily lives, and it involves almost every aspect of life. On his essay, “Shaping the Internet Age”, Bill Gates stressed that the Internet is very powerful, and it can work to our advantage or at our loss. It can enlarge our comfort zone and give us more options and opportunities, or it can increase the complexities and the confusion for us.

Gates mentioned in his essay that any new technology, including the Internet,  is made and being improved to increase the potential of human beings. It is meant to bring out the best in us. Functioning as a tool, the Internet is supposed to help us find significant opportunities toward productiveness and fulfillment.

The Internet enables us to accomplish more. It gives us no borders. It allows us to do things people decades ago could never have done. And what’s amazing, the Internet is still in its younger years, as written in Gates’s essay. It is still in its molding stage. There is more to know about it, more of it that will get our attention and keep it for some time. Gates, in his 2000 essay, highlighted enough the power of the Internet. But we also need to consider that we are the ones who shape the Internet Age, not the Internet shaping our lives.

The Internet is made and being improved for the benefit of the human race. We aim to get the Internet to its full potential, because by doing so, we enhance our potential. But the Internet is not meant to replace us or our significant others’ roles in our lives. It is made to enhance our lives, and not to become our lives.

The Internet, New Social Media. They are beneficial to us and we ought to use it at its optimum potential for our good, but once the focus shifts from the people to the technology itself, the efforts become meaningless. When vested on things or achievements rather than on people, the money used is considered spent, not invested. The time poured out is wasted, not maximized.

It’s not what you have that counts. It’s what you do with what you have that matters.

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6 thoughts on “What really matters

  1. “But we also need to consider that we are the ones who shape the Internet Age, not the Internet shaping our lives. ”

    – I agree, Keren. I still believe that humans are the most powerful beings created. We are the stewards of His creation and we have control over other man-made things. As I have always said, we must be responsible in the use of the Internet because we dictate how it will evolve in the future. Nice post! You always remind me of how spiritual I must be. 😀

  2. “It can enlarge our comfort zone and give us more options and opportunities, or it can increase the complexities and the confusion for us.”

    -Indeed, the internet gives us more opportunities than we could ever imagine. But that doesn’t mean that life becomes simpler. It actually confuses us because we don’t know which opportunities to grab and which to ignore. It all boils down to one thing: know what really matters to you and everything will follow.

  3. Yes. I believe you Keren that the focus should never shift from the people to the tool. We should control the internet, not the other way around. And when we let the opposite happens we’ll indeed be surprised how senseless everything gets. I just wish people would have this same mindset.

  4. I find your stance pragmatic in approach because your paradigm gives emphasis on humans (not their “tools”). We share a similar opinion on the need to keep in mind that we are the shapers of the Internet Age.

  5. i like the way you wrote your post but i didn’t find anything new about it other than a repetition or re-word of what Gates wrote. Except for the last two paragraphs which to me are an excellent ending, the rest of the entry is predictable.

    Real examples will help make your statements concrete, and not mere motherhood statements on what is good about the Internet.

    Looking forward to future insightful posts. 🙂

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