Happiness in a Technological World

Technology has moved us into a whole new world. We can know and do things that we never dreamed possible in the past. It also demands that we evolve with it. Major discoveries often make our current abilities obsolete and so it is with the world of technology. A developed intuition enables us to sift through this unprecedented amount of information and make choices to create the lives we want.

Once we discovered how to make matches, the skill to start fires by rubbing sticks together was no longer needed. After the invention of hand-held calculators, it was no longer necessary to memorize our multiplication tables. With the advent of the Internet we can access libraries of information without even leaving our homes.

Things are moving faster and faster, and we are required to make immediate decisions on more and more issues. There is less and less time for analysis. In this new world, how do we make informed decisions? What new abilities do we need to develop?

Life gets harder and harder every day for the ordinary person. This causes stress, and the stress continues to mount. The nervous system becomes overwhelmed. Affecting our perception, causing us to make mistakes. Mistakes bring more stress, and our life moves into a downward cycle. If we are doctors, nurses, pharmacists or pilots, our mistakes can cost lives. For most of us, our mistakes are less critical, but they still affect the quality of our lives.

What can be done about it? When we choose a lifestyle that focuses our attention on releasing the stress that builds up in the nervous system on a daily basis, the system becomes stronger. This strong nervous system provides clarity in perception, which helps us to achieve our goals. Achieving our goals makes us even stronger, and we begin to create an upwards spiral in our ability to create better lives for ourselves.

A developed intuition is crucial in order to function in a high-tech world. We can now get more information in a split second that we can ever use. It is more important than ever to be able to determine the value of the information we receive, and know if that information will be helpful to us. The intellect alone is not very effective in this high tech world. However, we can choose to develop our intuitive abilities, which allows us to make immediate decisions that are always in our best interest. Intuitively we can know. The intellect can only think or use reason and logic, which is much too slow for the new world where we find ourselves.

What is important? Recently I read an article about several people who were now billionaires many times over. They were young and had made an enormous amount of money as a result of technology.

However, the article said they were all severely depressed and could find no meaning to life. If you could be granted one request for your life, what would you ask for? Most of us would probably ask for happiness. When it comes down to it, the pursuit of happiness is one of the strongest drives we have as human beings. Have we been looking in the wrong direction for our happiness?

The technology we now enjoy is a major evolutionary step for us as a society. Technology seems to exist outside ourselves. It represents an outwards direction- pointing to a world beyond ourselves, a place where we seem to focus most of our attention. We have gained outer success, but what about what is more important within us.

Technology and everything in the outer world is only a means for us to use in our growth. It is the inner development that makes life really worthwhile. The self-actualized person functions well in the outer world because he knows both the inner and the outer worlds. Understanding how they relate to each other, he recognizes what is important. He has conquered fear, which allows him to feel peaceful, whole and complete regardless of what appears to be happening in the outer world. He knows that either world can be changed from within himself.

The soft stuff- high touch- is actually where the power lies. We usually think of high touch as our relationship to other people- the ones that help us to keep from getting lost among all of the machines and mechanical routines in our lives. High touch most importantly refers to our relationship with ourselves.