At this point there is large portion of people who own a “smartphone”. Other smart items exist or are being developed. I own a TV that says it’s “smart” but I’d like for you to imagine a specific type of smart TV. What if your TV learned your viewing habits and changed the channels for you at different times of the day? At 6 pm Seinfeld would come onto your screen because that was the show that your TV learned that you watch at 6 pm. Your viewing schedule might look like this:
At this point you realize that your TV life is now automatic. This might be a great thing. Automation can make things much more simple and less stressful. The problem arises when the TV dictates a schedule that you no longer want. Obviously when it is TV programs, it is easy to see that if you no longer like Seinfeld or the particular episode that you can change the channel. The problem is when it is something inside of us, we have greater trouble “changing channels”.
Are your emotions on auto-pilot? Does school or work put you into a stressed state? Do you live your daily life with emotions that you want on the screen or are you a victim of your own “programming”?
Human beings are not immune to automation. We have so many things to think about that our mind automates many things. This can be a great thing but it can also be terrible if we are not deliberate about our automation. Fear, jealousy, envy, anger and depression may be programs that have been automated into your system. Do you want them there? Or would you prefer to replace them with joy, hope, love and pride? It is not as easy as changing the channel but it is way more important.