About that Humanity Part
Okay, so that Humanity AND Technology part of the title doesn’t exactly capture what I want to say. I’m trying to name the humanity behind, within, as a result of or sprouting out of technology. I’m attempting to find where the humanity resides in places where technology begets more technology and we humans risk something in that, especially when the pace of technological advancement is not the same all over the world.
I had to laugh at something for which I was recognized a couple of years ago. I think it was the Nashville Business Journal that somehow concluded that I was one of the top 50 power leaders in technology in middle Tennessee. Flattered as I was, I don’t think I really answered their questions for the article with any sincerity. A friend emailed me after he read the little section on me and wrote, “Way to work Keanu Reaves, ‘War Games,’ ‘West World,’ Stephen Colbert, iOS, and Bobbie’s Dairy Dip all into the same interview. Masterful.” I’m glad Nelson got the humor behind it but the NBJ left out the comment that I hoped would make it. I replied to one question with the response that “I am but a simple monk” in the world of technology. Perhaps they thought that would diminish their claim that I was one of the 50, thought it was an insult to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama or maybe they didn’t get what I was attempting to express. Probably the latter.
Nevertheless, I’ll try use this blog to document some sense of discovery that allows me to find relevance in who I am with what I am doing. That’s not just a reference to presiding over activities at Sitemason although that certainly is part of it. There is more and there should be more- for all of us. We can’t exist and pretend that the needs, dreams, actions and non-actions of others in this world are not important or unrelated to our own needs, dreams, actions and non-actions. I don’t think we can proclaim absolute ownership of the Truth when we only have so much understanding of just a portion of the Truth. We have not formed our opinions, beliefs, principles or behaviors in a vacuum. We are stimulated by so many things around us, some good and some terrifying. I believe that if I am truly seeking wisdom, I should not be the same today as I was 20 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, or even a year ago.
Maybe this blog will allow me to find ways that I am changing, learning, growing, expanding and moving toward something. Feel free to let me know.
AUTHOR: Thomas Conner
Thomas Conner is the co-founder, president and chief financial officer of Sitemason, a hosted, supported alternative to Wordpress and Drupal, built for agencies, freelance designers and developers.