BE CURIOUS | COVID-19 EDITION

We are living in unprecedented times. Times of uncertainty and times of concern. However, times like now requires everyone to open their eyes and STAY WOKE. COVID-19 has been the topic on everyone’s tongue now for the past few months… but who knows what to believe?

Some people think it was created through the consumption of a bat soup, some people think the radio waves through 5G cell towers is to cause… and then there are some people who believe that it was a government-imposed plan to release on the human population.

I am not saying that one is right, but I am also not saying that one is wrong. However, I am asking you, whoever you may be, to open your eyes, open your ears, and open your mind. Be curious and question everything. Curiosity and questioning are what finds truths in this world.

Read, watch, listen, and talk. If you are in one of the many countries at the moment that is in lockdown then you should now have the time to be able to do these things… if you want to. Think back to one of the many Hollywood blockbuster movies that had one of the many Hollywood blockbuster movies plots, suggesting that an entity or higher power wanted to ‘control’ the world. Now think of our current situation. If you’re like me, you listened to what your government told you to do… which is to stay indoors because you’re a responsible person that wants to limit the spread of this virus. But what you also did was prove to the government that you listen… the perfect dress rehearsal for the possible event that one day the government did decide that they wanted to control us on a mass scale. Well, guess what? They’ve just proved that they can do it. We now all stay indoors and do as we are told. Of course, we are aware that there is a very dangerous virus spreading that could cause serious damage if we didn’t follow the rules but what if those people who think the government was responsible for the creation of this virus were right?

There are two things going through your head right now. The first is that you’ll immediately stop reading if you haven’t done so already and think that the person who wrote this is a complete nutcase. The second is that you’re thinking nothing other than ‘hmmmmmm?’ And if the latter is your thought, then you, my friend are being curious and questioning. Be curious about the probable and question the absurd. Everything nowadays can be figured out as long as you give it the thought it deserves.

This current situation that we all find ourselves in will certainly change the way we think as a whole moving forward in life. This virus has caused many deaths, illnesses, and general burdens for people. But take a step back and look past the self-obsession of human consciousness. Look past yourself, your friends, your family, and humans in general. Look at the animals, look at the earth between your feet. Now look at the Earth as a planet. Look at the blue skies that can now be seen in Beijing, look at the Himalayan mountains that can now be seen from India, look at the fish, and the swans that are now swimming through the canals in Venice.

Now look back at yourself. Look at how you can learn from this time-out that mother nature has given you for destroying the planet or look at how you can learn from this lockdown that the government has given you because they want to control you. It doesn’t matter if you look at this as a punishment from mother nature or a means of government authority. What matters is that you ‘look!’

Look far, look wide, and always stay curious, always question, and always stay woke.

DATA DUMP | Our phones are getting smarter, faster during lockdown!

Data is an interesting subject. Some people find it fascinating; some people find it boring and then there are some people that find it darn-right terrifying.

If you own a smartphone which I’m almost certain that 100% of the people reading this do, then you’ll know these little hand-sized devices operate completely on nothing other than data. Why is a smartphone given the word ‘smart’ anyway? I mean, it’s just a device you use to message your mates or look at images of sunsets in Thailand or even listen to your favorite beats while keeping a second eye on a video titled ‘top 100 cat compilations’… nothing smart about that? Right?

Well, like me, you’re probably one of many people on house arrest… sorry I mean lockdown right now and maybe you’ve decided to binge-watch a series on Netflix or re-live the best sports moments from the last decade on YouTube. If you’re part of the former group or even do both then maybe you’ve watched the critically acclaimed series Black Mirror and if you have, then you’d probably understand where I’m going with this.

Your phone knows a lot about you… a lot. The more you use it, the more it learns. We all know this, this is nothing revolutionary but right now, this minute, this second, your phone is learning a lot more about you on an increased rate. Its brain is working in overdrive and it’s being stuffed with knowledge while still yearning for more.

What you may not have noticed is that, you (the average Joe – like me) are using your phone a lot more now than before COVID-19 attacked and when the world was a ‘regular’ (I use that word sparingly) place. By doing this, you’re subconsciously feeding your phones more knowledge about you than you ever did. Now, the everyday distractions of life have significantly decreased – I apologise if you have kids… I don’t! You no longer have to travel to work, you no longer get to visit your mates, you no longer get to well… do what you used to. So, what are we doing instead? We’re searching for the perfect holiday to travel after this is all over, we’re video calling almost every day and we’re looking at baking recipes.

All of this is making your smartphone salivate and it will soon, if it hasn’t already start telling you that you’re interested in things you never thought that you were interested in.

Scrolling through Facebook one day, my phone advertised and easy-bake oven for eight-year-olds to me. I thought, ‘why would I be interested in that?’ However, thinking about it properly, when this lockdown started, I was one of those eager people who ran to the supermarket to buy flour and guess what? I started baking. But most importantly, I scoured through the interned to find not too difficult baking recipes. I was successful and now I’ve baked three cakes so far and I can’t wait to use my easy-bake oven for eight-year-olds (that arrived yesterday) to bake some fairy cakes, topped with strawberry jam and powdered sugar.

Back to the point… although that was part of the point (if you’re paying attention). We’re living in a time of wanting to pass the time. My baking anecdote is only a small level example of the data I’m providing my phone during these times. Of course, I didn’t have to be in lockdown to start baking but I did start baking because of this lockdown and I did provide my phone with new knowledge and the longer this continues, the more knowledge I and also you will give our phones.

Is it fascinating? Is it boring? Is it terrifying? Maybe it’s all three. But one thing is for sure, our smart phones are getting smart… faster. And by the time we’re allowed to go outside and smell that July air. Yes, I said July! Your phone will probably know things about you that you didn’t even know about yourself.

That being said, I have to go… my blueberry muffins are almost ready!