Technology and Preparedness can sometimes seem in conflict. After all, many families who are in preparedness are actually planning to be off-grid and prefer not to have technology devices tracking their every move. With our advances in technology, there are obviously some inherent dangers. There are also some benefits we may want to take advantage of while we are getting ready for future difficulties.
The November 2014 digital publication takes a look at technology and how it impacts us in our preparedness. Take a look at the November digital publication.
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We live in technologically advanced society. It is an ever advancing and constantly evolving entity that affects our lives even in areas we may not wish our lives be affected. Can we escape it? Should we? How do we plan to use technology without it using us or becoming far too dependent upon it that we become useless if/when certain technologies are no longer available or have become more harmful than helpful?
Perhaps each generation pondered these questions with the technology of their day. Still, in this issue, as it relates to preparedness, we must ask the question – Technology: Friend or Foe? Then we each need to take a broad look at the potential answers. How We Utilize Technology can actually answer the question of which it is; a friend or a foe. But caution or discernment about the latest gadgets is important. So When Choosing Tools – Beware Of ‘Techomania’ – a great new term that sums up a potential problem with technological overkill. The Modern Off-Grid Homesteader has had to learn the balance of living off-grid with todays advanced technology. Often being off-grid is aided by today’s technology in some areas, while the off grid homesteader can enjoy the simplicity of less dependence upon it in other areas.
The internet is yet another technical area that can either weave a web of support and growth or one of destruction that snares us into inactivity. Much of its usefulness or debilitation depends upon how it’s used. An area in which we should be aware is how to Help your kids stay safe online? Another area, more constructive than otherwise is Using the Internet to Increase Skills – but it doesn’t stop on the internet. The full benefit still relies on getting your hands dirty after you UNPLUG.
Electricity doesn’t have to power all things technical. Practice using off-grid tools for in the home and enjoying the simplicity of many kitchen gadgets, like the Paderno Spiralizer in this issue’s product review column, are an easy way to transition to healthy options when there is no electricity.
With all the conveniences like a GPS and smart house we can surely be impressed with the advancements we’ve made in technology. It may be easy to feel as if we’ve become a more advanced society because of technology. But being dependent upon it begs us to ask ourselves the question” “What is Faith and where do you put it?” This may seem to be simply a ‘religious’ question but also applies to our dependency up on technology.
It’s safe to say that there is no one side of the coin to fall on (friend or foe) when it comes to technology. In our day and time, we simply need wisdom to know where the line is drawn.
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