The Misconception of Age

Just keep calm, breathe, and don't stop writing.

Just keep calm, breathe, and don’t stop writing.

Soooo, more poorly-edited content for you guys. XD Seriously though, keeping up with school while doing NaNoWriMo is not easy. Anyway, what in the world is this you say? Well, it is a timed essay I did for Advanced Comp. I also used it as a sort of practice for the SAT which I have coming up. *shivers* I believe, though don’t quote me on this, that on the SAT you get 25 minutes. For this assignment, I had 45 minutes, but I decided to pretend I had 25 minutes and see what happened. I completed writing at around the 24:58 mark, so pulling it really close, and that doesn’t count editing, so I still have some practice to do. =/ Fortunately though, there wasn’t much editing to be done, though I read it a bunch to make sure. Just repetition here and there and comma issues. I have to admit I have been getting slightly confused about commas and conjunctions and prepositional phrases. *sigh* I hope I get that fixed soon. I love the conclusion I pulled though, it wasn’t planned, and I think it’s great. XD

Many believe the misconception in modern culture that if something has just come out, it automatically gains status and the tag of quality. People do not even stop to examine whether or not the new idea or invention has a potential effect. If they see others purchasing the commodity or following the fresh idea, they find themselves conformed to the cultural standard and tag along blindly like sheep. This has caused multiple regrettable incidents in the past. Many in modern society place too much emphasis on the aspect of newness and what others around them consider “hip.”

Newness does not qualify something as good. This statement, while seemingly simple, proves a point that many seem to ignore. Just because someone has created a fresh concept does not mean that everybody should instantly adhere to it like iron filings to a magnet. Looking back at history proves this idea. When Marie Curie made her discovery of radiation, it spread like wildfire. Shoe stores would use x-rays to see if a shoe fit their client properly. Such excess continued without real check until radiation-caused diseases such as leukemia appeared.

Fresh things that have not yet passed the test of time may cause future issues; sometimes patience pays off. Modern culture demands that everything come instantly. Overuse of the internet and digital devices help bring about this terrible belief. Yet God shows in the Bible that those who lack patience will suffer. Moses went up into Mount Sinai to talk with God, but those he had led out of Egypt grew weary of waiting and had Aaron make for them a golden calf. God’s punishment on them came down sharply and severely for their pagan revelry and discontent.

Despite what the two points above have demonstrated, however, this does not mean one should instantly dismiss new things as evil. Advances in technology have brought about numerous revolutions all over the globe. From better transport to increasingly powerful mediums of communication, new things serve their purpose in pushing society forward and providing a better environment for everyone. Computers, now a household commodity, once also held the title “new.” If not for the consumer base for automation and artificial intelligence, the inventor of the original punch-hole card computers would most likely have abandoned his idea.

Whether or not people consider something as new does not make it good, but it does not make it bad either. It simply means that someone somewhere has had an idea and wishes to put it out to the general populace for testing. One should not let the age of a concept define its worth. Rather, he or she should examine it against practical principles and those put forth in the Bible. God’s Word provides a clear basis by which one can analyze anything to see if it possesses a real grounding. Though there exist some who wish to argue that a book hundreds of years old can have no real bearing on what a “logical” person should believe, these points show that the age of an object does not define its quality.

Yes, (at least according to what I’ve read in the past and my faulty memory) computers started out as punch-hole card readers. I will even go so far as to say I believe that they were inspired by looms or sewing machines or something like that. And yes, x-rays were used in shoe stores to test the fit of the shoe when they first came out (once again, according to a book read in time long past). 🙂

Tours yruly


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