Shyamsunder Panchavati

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Technology advance and Humanism 09-01

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From the time the  human being was created, humanism also came into being, in some form or other. Even when he did not know how to cover his body, or create fire to cook his food, he knew how to live in cohesion with his fellow human beings. He lived in kind of loosely knit social collaboration with his fellow human beings.

The advent of technology has sort of alienated the human being from his/her inner self. The ways, modes, quantum, the technology has increased is just mind blowing, and it keeps on increasing by leaps. And on account of that, the conversation between the soul and the self  has become lesser and lesser over the period. The distance between the countries, continents, and planets has come down to a level that there is nothing inaccessible in the cosmos today.

Your Telescopes can locate any planet in the cosmos, but your being cannot locate and interact with the inner self. The most advanced Telescope will not be able to help locate the inner self. It is the crude and undeniable truth of the human existence.

Large internet companies in an indirect admission of  lack of humanism and lack of time or opportunities to explore humanism have created artificial facilities in the work place, the music room, billiards table, painting walls, food shacks, artificial or natural gardens. This they feel will relax the body and the soul. No it is nothing more than superficial convenience. They do not in any way energise or recharge the tired soul. The urge to innovate the inner longing to be creative, or the desire to be different have almost vanished from the professionals thought process.

If we travel back in time, when these companies were still in the garage or spare bedroom stage, we will immediately find the difference.

Just go back to your garage days and you will realise that, what you think as technology evolution are in fact great retards in Humanism.

Most of the creativity in the great internet companies of today have happened during their garage or spare bedroom stage. That is where they made mistakes unwittingly, unhesitatingly. Every mistake they made gave birth to creativity in the form of the fix for the problem. Every time they made mistakes and fixed it, they had created something new. Budget constraint often made to innovate things in an ingénue manner in an indigenous manner. Sometimes the Jugaads were put into place to substitute for the costly material and spare parts.

But the same organizations moved from the Garage and spare bedrooms to own corporate offices the nonchalance to make mistakes, learn from them, and be creative vanished. Each executive became an island unto himself lost in the pile of vast business information and intelligence in the form of data. The surfeit of information and the need to deal with it, made him almost robotic in nature.

With every advance in technology, we have seen that, there was an equal retard in Humanism (a collective term to describe the human feelings, emotions, and human chivalry.) at the work place.

Every new technological advance creates an avatar, and human being has unwittingly, but quite willingly agreed to compress himself within the avatar given by the Technology advance.

Humanism has to wait till Christmas vacations to manifest itself. Or to put it more aptly, Humanism manifests itself only during the Christmas vacations.

In this new services economy, we want the latest and greatest for the best possible value, and we only want to pay for what we actually use. In a world where we own less and less and yet have access to so much more. Adapting to the relentless pace of change in business and customer expectations will be critical to the success of tomorrow’s global leaders.

Multiple revenue models, dynamic pricing, and service-based business plans will become mainstream for every organization, and the ability to quickly adapt on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis will be essential to their viability. This will hardly leave any time or opportunity for a professional to be a human being for at least some part of the day.

There’s a decent amount of evidence indicating that creative expression keeps our brains younger and makes us live longer. When you’re bogged down at the job with 60 hours of work to squeeze into 50 hours because you want to have a life goddamn it, when do you think you’re going to make it to that studio? The studio organisation has created for you to unplug and be yourself at least for sometime.

I have not one, but two examples of how activities that make you human and bring out the inner humanism in you can be practiced as part of your work schedule.

I have had the good fortune of having worked with and for Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He used to tell us. Two hours in twenty four hours he would earmark to do things that he liked to do. Things that did not in any way give him any fruits. physical or ethereal. Sometimes he would do things that would surprise many. There would not be anything constructive in the work he would do, except to construct, reconstruct the inner self  to recharge it to take the grueling work pressure of the next 24 hrs.

The second example I have seen is in a Japanese work culture in a Japanese corporate giant. This must have been a good 25 years back. This organization had global projects, that entailed international travel for the executives. Their tour itinerary of 45 days included 30 days of tour of various countries where the projects were in execution and last 15 days at home with family. They had to complete the full itinerary of 45 days to be eligible for the next tour.

After completing their 30 days tour and submitting the report, next 15 days they were not required to come to office. They were required to spend that time with their families with absolutely no tension.. During their tour. the salary used to be sent to the family by a messenger by cheque. Online transactions were not there those days. A company person used to come and pay their utility bills. Everything used to be done so that the family did not feel the inconvenience during the person's absence.

Things must have changed  with the advance in technology, but there definitely must be some way  or to allow the humanism in the employee to come out and celebrate.

Finally, I would like to suggest that, even if the wherewithal to make the humanism to come and unwind itself is offered as an outreach, it is ok. It will at least put the professional on the path to reconquer the lost territory in his pursuit to acclimatise himself with his inner self.

How did you like this article???

Please come out with your insights, and suggestions. You can email you views  to me at fouresspanchavati@hotmail.com

Best Wishes,

Shyam


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