Undulating Patterns

Reena’s prompt #112. “Undulating Patterns.” For full prompt please go to:
https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/reenas-exploration-challenge-112/

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

Robert Frost

Life is a series of undulating patterns rippling through time and space. A Bayeux tapestry of battles fought and lost, a few conquering heroes, but mainly foot soldiers in a never ending war.

In the past a tsunami wave of conquerors stormed over the globe, creating order by killing and exerting tyrannical dominance. Eventually the people rose in rebellion, the new order collapsed, sending its populace crashing into a sea of darkness awaiting winds of change to propel the next big wave. So it was with the British Empire, the Mongol Empire, the Russian Empire, the Spanish Empire, the Qing Dynasty and the Umayyad Caliphate, to name but a very few.

Are new patterns starting to emerge undulating in the predictability of its waves? Instead of projectiles penetrating our bodies causing havoc to our physical structure we now have words penetrating our psyche fracturing our delicate egos.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me,” a child’s response of yesteryear to verbal bullying in the school playground.

Prior to the advent of social media and its related communication devices children could be seen swarming over the streets and parks, interacting with each other physically and verbally through games and role playing. Today the streets are deserted after school as children look to social media devices for interaction with the outside world. In the absence of any physical experience words start taking on greater weight. Words are substituted for physical aggression. This is compounded by educators in their creation of safe spaces and banning physical play at school.

Undulating patterns. The wave like rise and fall of doing things in a particular way, over and over.

Are new conquerors starting to take shape exerting their tyrannical dominance over the globe? Twitter,Instagram, YouTube,Tik Tok-Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook, Tencent. Will technology companies become our new overlords?

Software companies, with their revenue source of advertising companies, are now dictating the norms of everyday speech on their platforms. This is swiftly becoming politicized to a left versus right issue. What are acceptable and unacceptable modes of communication. Is free speech under attack? What are the boundaries? Will various social media platforms morph into left leaning and right leaning platforms?

If this trend continues there will be no cross pollination of ideas. Each individual will be stuck in their own echo chamber unable to experience different ways of thinking. The technocrats will rule the globe exerting their tyrannical dominance over speech and language……and thought patterns. The human race will become more divided in its ideas.

How long will this technological empire stand with the undulating pattern of its narrow mindedness?

18 thoughts on “Undulating Patterns

  1. Undulating patterns – waves – I was thinking of all this just yesterday as I witnessed people in a large group moving around, how they spoke, who they spoke with, who they avoided and general patterns of behaviour. I can’t help it I’m an observer of life but you are right – there are so many patterns and they move and shift like birds in formation

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      1. Humans are (mostly)incredibly helpful and kind at their core – in natural disasters the very best comes out in them – and at sad events. When we are reminded of death and the fragility of life. But normal everyday – it depends – humans can be incredibly ignorant and cold too.

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  2. The opening quote floored me, but then …. wisdom flows through the entire piece.

    What really disturbs me is the mindlessness – refusal to think and analyse, mechanical sharing and forwarding posts and passive consumption of stories designed to manipulate. The one who even attempts to question is promptly labelled and isolated.

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    1. My grandchildren’s school have banned the throwing of balls, throwing snowballs, the game of tag, probably others they have not told me about. Thanks for asking Annie. I expect nothing less from your inquiring mind.

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  3. Great thoughts on the issue Len … I tend to think of devices/social media as the numbing or dumbing down aspect.

    A century ago getting basic life chores done took ages, these can now be done with the push of a button. So we have far more time and while we are all so engrossed on our devices it leaves the few super rich to manipulate the world economy via markets and wars!

    So nothing has really changed, just how it’s done. Their arrows weakens the mind and will as they penetrate our pocket …

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    1. Like any other medium it’s all about the uses we put it to. I for one have grown quite fond of my iPad and laptop computer. Enables me to educate myself in ways I could not do before…..and read all the wonderful blogs on WordPress. That’s the thing, you can use social media to denigrate and put down other people or have a worthwhile discussion. I feel very strongly on allowing free speech and letting the receiver decide what they choose to receive.

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  4. Len when I think of sci fi literature and cinema I can think of at least a few where a part of the plot is the rebels taking out the main communication tower of the evil overlord. I think you are so right about seeing where this electronic control is headed. Brains are literally being rewired by technology with the flashing images, many of them subliminal. And at some point, anyone who remembers life before computers and the digital age will be dead.

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  5. I agree JadeLi. It is where humanity seems to be heading. Three years old now are early adapters of technology. I’ve seen them swiping TV screens in frustration, the TV not responding to their touch.

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