Qwerty efficiencies

Those are the 6 top left letters on an English language keyboard and all the other letters in this layout we’re supposedly placed in this arrangement so that the most used letters were in a difficult position to slow typists down so that mechanical typewriters didn’t jam or break.

We still continue with this system today yet we don’t have to as modern touch screens on our phones won’t break by typing too quickly. Well depends just how furiously you can type!

The fact is people are now looking into a different keyboard layout based on today’s users.

But why? What benefit will this have for the human race? ok, for the English speaking humans in this case.

Ok, so it might make typing more efficient.

Who says being more efficient is a benefit though?

QWERTY or not, our lives do not have to be constantly improved by meaningless changes or upgrades. We don’t have to be more efficient.

No one seems to seek improvements in empathy, kindness, compassion, love and other more meaningful things, strangely.

This could be achieved by spending less time looking to be more efficient because more efficient people tend to get given more to do not less. We’d be better off being kindly, lovingly, and wonderfully inefficient.


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Better is all a question of perspective.

We live in a world where faster, cheaper and especially bigger are often the measures of better. That’s better the drink is 50% bigger and still the same price is often the mentality.

Better has been the myth sold to us by the industrialised system to get us to buy into more consumption and be compliant. Dissatisfaction and discontentment are powerful forces to ensure we all continue to strive to be ‘better’ or get ‘better’ stuff.

Why is a bigger number of something better than a smaller number? Why is a bigger house or car better than a smaller one? What is better for? Does anyone question that? Why do we have to be better? Perhaps we could redefine better.

Maybe the answer isn’t to always be striving for better, as in bigger, more of something, cheaper, faster, more efficient. Perhaps contentment with what we have and appreciating it and living a life centred on people and activity, not a life centred on striving for better.

Perhaps better is smaller, slower and good value. Perhaps better could be centred on how we treat ourselves and others. Not on better grades as a measure of success and worth.