Alvin Toffler (American writer and futurologist) is well-known for writing a series of books about the evolution of mankind through several stages or “waves” as he called them.

The first stage was the “Agriculture Wave”, where mankind decided to produce its own food and domesticate animals instead of fishing or collecting fruits from trees. The next step forward was the “Industrial Wave”, where mass production of physical things were manufactured in urban centers known as cities.  The change of civilization as we knew it changed substantially.  This is the stage that is happening in some countries at this very moment.  China, South Korea, and Taiwan come to my mind.

Then we invented the “ones and zeroes” which gave birth to the Digital Age or “Information Wave“.  Another gargantuan change occurred changing everything we do.  Computers, the Internet, tablets, and cellphones have developed into devices that place us in the center of the Universe.  If we don’t have a cell phone in our hand, we feel naked.

Remember the fall of Lehman Brothers?  That day, September 25, 2008, the world was gasping for air and the global financial system dropped to its knees.  We were on the brink of total financial annihilation. It was the alarming effect of global connectivity.

Photograph by ©Omar Upegui R.

Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, WordPress, and others are followed by billions of people every single second of the day.  Our lives are more public than ever.  It’s like living in a fishbowl.

In Panama, there are more cell phones than people.  I know of friends that have at least three mobile phones because they need to satisfy their hunger for social contacts.  It is almost surreal and the information wave continues to grow exponentially.

The word “mobile phone” is incorrect.  They are really powerful miniature computers capable of doing just about anything.  There are apps for things you don’t even imagine exist.  And more are being programmed as the clock ticks.  Tomorrow is here;  morphing the future into the present.  Is it good or bad?  I don’t know.  Maybe it’s a bit of both.  “We are living the best of times.  We are living the worst of times.” It all depends on your perspective.  In Germany, they call it “Weltanschauung” (a comprehensive view of the world and human life).

Photograph by ©Omar Upegui R.

Are you holding a mobile phone in your hand while reading this blog post? (Smile)

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