Technology and Tears

Sometimes you can go for days when it seems abundant new wonders will continue to delight and awe you. All you see is the potential and opportunity around you. The future beckons and you have never been happier.

But then you suffer an emotional blow that rattles your soul and you wonder how technology and the future could ever have seemed important. Technology become secondary, background noise as you try to deal with your emotions and get on with your life. Chemicals, feelings, adjustment, tears…who cares about the latest technological advance when you can’t stop crying?

There is something very comforting about the world we have created around us. When life seems to fall apart, the Pyramids still stand. As does the Internet. Technology moves at its increasingly rapid rate whether you care or not. “Eppur si muove” – “And yet it moves.”

And if technology can do that, then so can I.

Technology is often viewed as something cold and logical and mechanical. Instead it is another expression and outlet of our human emotions, the same as art, the same as tears. The great minds that have created and discovered the wonders of today were all too human, frail and emotional creatures that poured their pain and suffering and excitement and optimism into their creations. And long after they have passed on, our technology still speaks for them and for us. Like the Internet, our attempt to reach out to everyone else on the planet.

The best tears come when you realize that despite everything, change comes. And you are here to experience it all.

Eppur si muove.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), his Micro.blog (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).