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Convenience Killing Connection?

Postby SaiB » Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:15 am

A passing thought

I've been here for the last 3 weeks.

I've noticed something

Everything... EVERYTHING is unbelievably convenient, its like I do not even have too chew my own food, its pre done, packaged, sterilised, and delivered, before I've even had a chance to choose.

Dont get be wrong, this is a great city, truly amazing the way it has come up over the last 2 decades

. But after living in Bali where things are very inconvenient, You see something

Human Connection is killed.

In Bali, you would constantly have to banter, and talk your way around, which gave this underlying bond with everyone, and the people there were very friendly.

But I never have to even open my mouth here to get anything done, and I start to see that all this convenience, like in WALL-E (a movie) instead of 'connecting' us, distances us, more and more.

Anyone else had similar experiences?


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Postby x9200 » Wed, 20 Jul 2011 8:23 am

If you started with living for some years in Singapore and then moved to Bali your perception would surely be very different. I think what you encounter is very typical if you go up the civilisation ladder: if you started by living few years with the forests tribes of New Guinea and then moved to Bali you would probably say the same - human connections are killed - I guess in Bali you do not need to arrange majority of the things by building family connections (i.e. marrying someone).

Besides, from more objective point of view you, this:

But I never have to even open my mouth here to get anything done

is a very incorrect statement (in more general context). I spent probably half of my working time micromanaging people in the tasks that need nothing more to be done right but a tidbit of a common sense.

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