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The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

With everyone talking about all sorts of things (arguably relevant to the situation we are all facing) it’s interesting how we all still manage to ignore the elephant in the room. Namely, there is an underlying issue, much worse than any of the things you hear about in the news. “Well, what is it?” I can almost hear you saying. Before I say this issue with its name, let’s take a step back and examine the situation so that we are all on the same page.

Internet and phone services in general at high demand these days

Everyone with a functional brain

Before you say “duh!” let’s think about this for a minute. Is this truly the problem at hand? Or is it just a symptom? Did we all wake up one day and decided to use our internet and phone services to the maximum of their capacity? Was there a new viral video that I haven’t heard about for some reason? Why is there such a high demand for telecom services lately?

The lockdown measure has forced many people to work from home

Same individuals as previous quote

Again, is this the problem or just a symptom? I know lots of people who don’t work these days, thanks to the generous subsidies they receive from the state. Man, if I were to receive such vast amounts of money I’d be retired by now! However, I still need to work (from home as usual). I don’t blame the lockdown for that though since for me, just like many other people, it is a lifestyle choice. Also, as I said before, some people don’t work at all, so despite its many issues, the working from home thing is not to blame entirely for the problem.

The lockdown measure has forced many people to spend more time on their computers and phones
Again, same people from previous quotes

Now that’s another matter altogether. Regardless of whether you work from home or not, you may use your phone or your computer more these days because, well, you don’t have many things to do to pass the time. Yes, there are other options that don’t require the use of telecom services, such as meditation, traditional writing with pen and paper, or even card games. However, since you can meet up with your friends to have a chat over a drink or a cup of coffee, chances are that you end up calling them instead, or messaging them over various VoIP systems (e.g. WhatsApp) and the social media.

Of course, all that would be fine if the telecom companies had sufficient bandwidth to cover this demand. However, no one in their right mind would budget for bandwidth that is way beyond the usual consumption (unless it’s a large company like Amazon that needs its servers to be responsive no matter what, even during periods like Cyber Monday). So, how do they deal with this problem? How would you deal with this problem?

If those making these decisions were somewhat rational and pragmatic, they’d opt for a solution that makes more sense holistically and carries the smallest risk. Namely, they’d urge the government to loosen up this lockdown measure a bit, so that the demand is within their capabilities. After all, there is no scientific backing whatsoever (other than some computer models of questionable veracity) regarding the efficacy of this measure. You may want to read this again, just to make sure it’s clear. In other words, we could still go out minding our own business, all while keeping COVID-19 at bay, through proper hygiene and whatever other measures you choose to apply, to protect yourself from the virus.

Nevertheless, what we observe happening, not just in the developed world but in pretty much every country out there, is the roll-out of 5th generation technology in all telecom networks. This is a massively risky move, partly because of the high cost this operation carries and partly because of the safety issues that any new technology carries (which is why most foods and medicines are thoroughly tested before made available in the market). Yet, this new telecom tech hasn’t been shown to be safe beyond any doubt, just like most EMF-related technologies, particularly when used in tandem.

I would like more bandwidth just like any other guy, especially those working from home like me. But when it comes to health and safety, I am willing to compromise with lower bandwidths, until the new tech is proven to be safe, by sufficient independent researchers (note the word “independent” in this sentence). What about you? Are you willing to put your health (and the health of everyone else) at risk, so that you can get that video your pal shared with you a few seconds faster? Are you willing to increase your EMF exposure to even higher amounts just because some politician is okay with taking that risk? Are you willing to let this lockdown be an excuse for making your environment unsafe? Just where exactly do you draw the line? For me, it’s here and if you want, you can borrow my marker to help make this line more visible. Cheers!

On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' And Vanity comes along and asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Mind-stirring piece, Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris. The quote at the end speaks volumes.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

1 anno fa #7

Thought-provoking post Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris With the lingering lockdown, almost in most of the countries, we, human beings, have lost the human connectivity. The only ligament that keeps us alive, in the virtual world, is the use of internet and mobile phones.

Thank you for the share, Pascal

Harvey Lloyd

1 anno fa #5

Ps. Thanks for the share on my post.

Harvey Lloyd

1 anno fa #4

Very challenging topic when we look at the two biggest variables. Mom/Dad plus children. The adults need the tech to assist in their value proposition. But this same value proposition puts them at odds with managing online for their children. The weird aspect of your thoughts is just two generations ago this was not a management area that existed. Its still on trial! We aint lookin so good. Coming to grips with the online experiences we are having with children is not preparing them for success in the real world. I know one of the shows a therapist reviewed described teenage kids taken care of by a butler who they constantly ridiculed and plaid practical jokes on. The line of thought presented was teenagers were learning disrespect for authority at a basic level. This was one show of many sited in the article. Each laying out funny slap stick comedy style youth situations. But what does this teach a child as they are growing up?

Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris You wrote "I hope I'm wrong. Somehow and even this is a know hope, you triggered an idea regarding when we hope to be wrong.This is a paradox.I may call it "The Paradox of hope".

Well, although I agree that many people would experience some form of cognitive dissonance when dealing with topics like this, I am confident that those who call the shots about this sort of ventures don't. After all, you need to care before you can experience cognitive dissonance and those individuals don't seem to do so. I hope I'm wrong. Cheers!

Interestingly enough that you wrote dear Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris on my post "Do we need marketing plans?" We discussed the balance of the cognitive dissonance we are all in now and the conflicting choices between enabling and caring. Jordan has adopted a policy now that allows for 30% of the workforce to work in many economic sectors.

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