Just To Keep You Thinking

“There is no more powerful force to change every institution than the first generation of digital natives. The world, including business, will hinge on a new set of principles” Don Tapscott

“The internet as a noun has become the internet as a verb. It has become a set of conversations. An era in which user-generated content and social networks became the dominant phenomenon” Philip Evans

“The self as we once knew it no longer exists, and I think that an abstract, digital universe has become part of our identity” Abha Dawesar


“Technology is the seventh kingdom of life. And we have a moral obligation to invent technology so that every person on the globe has the potential to realize their true difference” Kevin Kelly

“If you don’t treat humans as special, if you don’t create some special zones for humans – especially when you are designing [or integrating] technology – you’ll end up dehumanizing the world. And what we have done in the last decade is give information [and data] more rights than are given to people” Jaron Lanier

“The greatest task before civilisation at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men” Havelock Elis

1220HSL | Sunflowers And Names
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There was this lady that lived near us for ages. And I used to interact with her regularly – usually running back from the surf. When she moved away she gave me some seeds which I planted in a terracotta pot once owned by my Nana.

And from that seed a large sunflower grew. Epic looking flower. Super bright. Like the smile on my daughter’s face the moment she saw it had bloomed. But it had the opposite effect on me. For when I spotted it early the same morning I suddenly realised that I didn’t even know the lady’s name.

It has been said that there are two very different ways in which we see people: as a ‘you’ and as an ‘it’ (Martin Buber’s theory cited by Patrick Stokes in an article titled, ‘). And what I realised this one particular morning was that this lady was just an ‘it’ to me. A simple object that I navigated around and dealt with in a base-level, pre-programmed, and mechanical fashion.

Whenever I said “Hi” to this lady it was “more for the sake of form than feeling” (Stokes, 2013 again)’. A heartbreaking look into the mirror. Which left me wondering why she would bother giving someone like me a handful of sunflower seeds.


jason harding


Stokes, P. 2013. New Philosopher Magazine. Issue 2, p.23


Painted Flower / Cabarita Headland / 30 / 05 / 2020


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