Before one of our consultants in Indonesia left the Freelancer.com team, she sent me a long, heartfelt letter via e-mail that really touched me.
Though we never got to meet face-to-face, only interacting through emails and virtual meetings, here she was, saying that it was amazing to have worked together. I was once again amazed how technology has made this all possible - to connect with someone miles away: just like how I can chat with cousins & friends working outside the Philippines, or update myself with an acquaintance I met during one of my travels abroad.
Of course, it's not all sunshine and butterflies: technology can also be used in a bad way, like invading people's privacy
(much like the stuff of Orwell's nightmares.) And I think it's not farfetched to assume we'll soon create more powerful weapons against other, or develop diseases to wipe out our species.
I think, as technology becomes closely integrated to our daily lives, the more pressing thought which I feel we need to address is: how can we use technology to make us better people?
Some people are naturally curious and others are not. No matter which category you are in you can benefit from behaving like a curious person. Next time you are listening to information, make up and write down three to five relevant questions. If you are in a lecture, Google them after for answers. If you are in a conversation you can ask the other person. Either way you'll likely learn more, and the action of thinking up questions will help encode the concepts in your brain. As long as you're not a cat you should benefit from these actions of curiosity.
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HELLO, MY NAME IS EVAN TAN.
I'm a writer and communications professional based in Manila, Philippines. Outside of my regular job, I like to travel, work out, volunteer, watch movies and plays, go to art galleries/ fairs and museums, read books, and eat vegetarian food.
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