My Digital Dilemma
I write, I write
With my left hand I right.
Keyboard or pen
The paper’s the same.
On a Sunday morning, I proceed to fill the airwaves with secular music that diverges into the spiritual and got blinding thought-flash: does using the keyboard (phones and computers) affect the quality of my writing? I pause. I find this thought a profound one because I regard writing as a powerful gift that must be optimized for the good, not just of mankind, but creation as a whole; everything that is and exists. I refresh my reflection screen, highlight and enable Ponder Mode; this is good food for thought.
Does the fluidity of the pen allow for free flow and expression of inspiration or does the word-per-minute measure of writing with the keyboard have me, the writer, huffing and panting to catch up with the fast dissipating inspiration, true to its fleeting nature?
Mankind, consciously or unconsciously lives subject to the laws of nature. In this context, mankind has unconsciously (and therefore involuntarily) obeyed the law of growth and has developed a kind of digital intelligence. This has resulted in a language culture made up of abbreviations, alphanumerics and acronyms e.g. wil we evN2ly stat sayn “L.O.L.” insted of rly laffin out loud?
This shorthand culture increases the word-per-minute count. Now we can write faster and communicate but doesn’t it lack depth and authenticity, seemingly rushed as opposed to ‘relax and relish’, 2D instead of 3D or even 4? And if I was writing something serious like say an article that was to be published in The Economist , wouldn’t that saved time be spent transcribing the digital jargon into something more presentable given the medium, audience and objective?
So yes; the keyboard has unwittingly satisfied the need for speed while compromising the quality of the written word and thus good communication. This more or less would lead to misunderstanding, mistrust and ultimately, conflict.
Moving forward, do we now say that another compromise has to be made, but this time conscious and intended?
Writing with pen and paper allows me express inspiration as clearly as I possibly can while the keyboard saves paper and thus the poor trees being cut down in the amazons and tropical forests. This leads to a balanced ecosystem, healthier earth and ultimately happier people and such and such. From the above, we can see two win-win situations which might not actually be two but one showing phases in a continuum: First, focus on ways to optimize the recycling of used paper; then, invent a digital book which allows one to write in one’s own handwriting using a stylus type pen and an interface that allows for flipping pages. Perhaps it could be a modified version for Microsoft Word or something. (A million dollars for my thought, eh?)If I could conceive it, you tech guys can achieve it. Let’s get to work, there are best sellers to be written, people to be inspired, empowered to fulfill their higher purpose.