After reading the blog prompt for this week, I thought it would be interesting to create a dialogue between two individuals from completely different sides of a spectrum. My two individuals are a Millennial, aka me and a member of the Amish community. The purpose of this dialogue would be to compare the lives of someone who performs almost every daily action with technology and someone who performs almost every daily action without technology.
For the purpose of the blog the name of the member of the Amish community will be Jakob. Disregarding the circumstances, which took place of bringing the two together, I believe the dialogue would begin something like this:
Me: “Jakob, my name is Santi, I’m a 21 year old college student from Connecticut who is currently studying global management and let me start off the conversation by saying the use of technology is essential in my life. I own an iPhone and a laptop, which I use every single day in order to complete my daily tasks. You could say, I tested very highly on the millennial quiz and if it wasn’t for technology I don’t know how I would be able to complete even the simplest tasks. I have a basic understanding of the Amish community, but what most interests me is how does the Amish community manage to restrain from the use of technology?”
Jakob: “Santi, although I was five minutes late arriving on my horse, I still made it here and did not need the help of any form of technology. Although our community is accepting of some forms of technology, we do not encourage to depend on it. This is because the Amish believe that technology, if left untamed, will undermine worthy traditions and change our religious culture. Mass media technology in particular, we fear, would introduce foreign values that would negatively impact our culture. It’s not that we believe technology is evil, we simply just believe its use is unnecessary and would change the people of our community. For example, do you think technology has changed you?”
Me: “Jakob, I do not think technology has changed me because I believe it has always been a part of me. All throughout my life I’ve had a smartphone, played video games, and mostly everything I do involves some form of technology. Although I may have become dependent on the use of technology, it allows me to learn of various traditions and cultures, which gives me the opportunity to form my own. I wouldn’t say that technology prevents me from valuing what traditions are most important in my life, but instead allows me to learn and choose which traditions I want to be most important to me. What if you had to use one form of technology, which would you choose?”
Jakob: “Sometimes when I ride up and down the road, I wonder how much faster I could get to and from places if I had a car. If I had to use one form of technology it would definitely be a car. I could travel back and forth much faster and my horses could save their energy for other tasks.”
Despite Jakob and I coming from two distinct backgrounds, I believe the topic of discussion would without a doubt be the use of technology. Each would argue their points as to why technology is essential and unnecessary, but each of their values would provide a completely unique perspective to the other.