The world is becoming completely disconnected in what is supposedly the most technologically connected time for the human race. We have more digital connections than ever, yet we are total strangers even to our neighbours. We’ll take a picture of someone in trouble and post it to the internet before helping.

The reason we are becoming completely disconnected is that we hear the hate, the fear, the news, the message, we judge, we blame and so on. We are sucked into the vortex of the online world, even at the cost of ignoring family, friends, and people in general.

But we do not listen and therefore we fail to understand each other. Hearing the noise is different from understanding it.

If for a moment we leave our bubble, if we listen to others instead of ranting, if we stop making noise and choose to understand and empathise with others, then we will discover what we have in common not what we can hate in the others.

We can only connect once we discover what we have in common and surprisingly we all have something in common, even if that is just that we will all die one day. However, there are many, many more things that we share with others, but we simply do not understand. We all have the ability to love, to be kind, to support, to empathise, to be compassionate.

We could choose to listen and connect, there is only upside from such a choice.

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.