Convenience. A lot of innovation and technological advancement is in the name of convenience. But is it really advancement? Is it really progress? This week made me wonder.
I parked underground at a clients office on P1. Instead of taking one flight of stairs the two people heading upstairs at the same time as me, waited for the elevator. Not only that, they pressed the handicapped button to open the door to the elevator bank. They weren't handicapped. Nor were their hands full carrying stuff. PS. by walking, I beat them upstairs.
I played golf with my father. He's in his early 70's and I love that he gets out to play golf. We walk the course but he now has a ball picker upper so he doesn't have to bend over to pick up his ball. It reminded me of those dog ball picker uppers - no need to bend over and use your hip joints when the ball can come up to you instead.
A client of mind, ParticipACTION, just installed a giant hopscotch down the middle of the tunnel that leads to the Toronto Island Airport. Why? To incentivize people to not use the people mover (the conveyor belt on which you stand to get from one end of the tunnel to the other) but to walk through the tunnel instead. Or hop!
Now I did just buy a dough hook for my kitchen mixer. My son and I made Chinese pancakes yesterday and it will be much faster in the future when we don't need to knead the dough ourselves. Guilty as charged!
What if all these inventions in the name of convenience disappeared? Perhaps we wouldn't need things like Kaiut Yoga to keep us moving and using our joints to protect them from degenerating. Use it or lose it.