12) The Past/Future Paradox

To those of us who think a lot, this one is probably well known to us. And to many others, it will be obvious.

Nonetheless I think its a cool concept to bring up.

Many people think to themselves something along the lines of: “man, I sure wish I could live in the future with all the futuristic technology.” But if they actually did go to the future, they would hear many people from that timeline say the same thing about living even further into the future. And I’m sure many people in the past said similar things about our present. And even further in the past they wanted to live in the “future” which is currently primitive to the present.

But it goes even further.

It is all about relativity. I often say “everything is relative, even the concept of relativity.” I can go further into that quote later, but what I want to get at in this article is that “future technology” and “past technology” are totally relative to our standards of living. Every single thing in the past and present is built from things that have always existed. But we discover more and more of that every year.

However, nothing really matters in how advanced we are.

We can always get more advanced.

You may be wondering where I am going with this. Well, here it is:

No advancement in technology will ever satisfy you. You will be equally satisfied now as you would be if you lived in a world with future technology. The only difference would be the initial rush.

If you lived 100 years in the past and transported to this time, you would feel the same thing as if you lived in this timeline and went 100 years into the future.

But you can only find true satisfaction if you work with what you’ve got.

Technology itself creates a standard of living. When we are at that standard, it is always the same feeling. Any increase of technology creates in increase in the standard of living we have. The initial rush is because we are adjusting from the past standard of living to a new one. But once it is fully recognized to be the standard, we will feel the same.

This is why when you first got a phone, it was amazing. But now, it is expected. You don’t get a rush from having your phone with you anymore. You want more. And you have a standard expectation to have your phone. This is why you freak out if you lose it.

Imagine how advanced people used to think the wheel was. You could move large objects over longer distances? People probably freaked out over the wheel more than people freak out over the newest copy/pasted iphone every year.

But the wheel is now standard and is expected to be everywhere. It’s even somewhat primtive (though its used in nearly every machine ever invented).

The same concept and philosophy is true with many other things.

Creating new things only gives us a small rush before we need more.

This is that paradox, if you want to call it one.

Is it pointless to create new technology?

Will we view VR advancements in the future as nothing less than what we currently view modern gaming and videos to be?

Will the exciting idea of being able to communicate telepathically become as standardized as modern cellphones?

Will teleportation make our sense of patience go even lower and the rush of being able to teleport disappear?

There are a lot more things to delve into when it comes to this concept, but my article is already longer than I’d originally intended it to be.

Do with this information what you will. Nothing is entirely definitive.

Everything is relative, even the concept of relativity.


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