criteria over character

I find it disappointing that our society has distanced itself from character values.

Having recently experienced the job market, I’ve come face to face with the dehumanization of the individual. The value of a person is no longer based on his or her qualities of character. Rather it is now analyzed and quantified by online testing tools.

We are measured, analyzed and classified. We are categorised and examined. We are asked questions from a list of standardized questions designed to trigger just the right amount of emotion.

There is no longer any personal contact, a glance eye to eye, a handshake, a feel for the character of the individual. Personal contact has been replaced by compiling data, plain and simple.

By the degree on the wall, by the GPA, by the time duration it takes to produce the answer. Often, the job seeker is turned down without ever having heard the voice of the potential employer. Turned away by the automated response of the online application.

Information now reigns supreme over personal character. What a shame it is that our young must compete against a mechanised selection process. It is no longer important who you are on the inside, what your moral code is, your ethics, your principles or values.

As long as you are capable of demonstrating enough of the right kind of information, you’ve got the competitive edge. Who cares who you are inside – you may as well be a machine.

Well I say that it will get worse before it gets better. I don’t claim to know how far the dehumanization process will go, but I can tell you that it’s far from over. I can also tell you that this process will cave in on itself one fine day.

On that day people may no longer resemble humans, but machines. Their personalities will be eradicated in place of the raw processing power.

Humanity will lose its purpose. It will no longer strive for independent thinking or revelations. It will instead be consumed with evermore units of information. Kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte, petabyte, exabyte (that’s 18 zeroes!).

Where will it end? The humanity will come to the brink of extinction. Not in the biological sense, but as caring, loving, sensitive, emotional beings.

And when humanity loses its purpose, so will it lose its reason to be. But the very nature that we’re trying so hard to escape, will save us once again. We’re bred for survival. With the last spark of instinct, one of us will open up his eyes and move his gaze away from the walls of his confinement to the inner world of the spirit.

Others will follow, shedding the digital shackles of their imprisonment in favor of returning back to their original human state. humanity… that’s when the display monitor will give way to looking into each others eyes once again. If you ever feel dehumanized, here are a few suggestions for you…

Reconnect with humanity

Love your human side. Breathe, walk, meditate, be still. There is so much more to you than meets the eye. So much more than the external body, the accumulated information, the knowledge from schools, the degrees on the wall.

When you recall your humanity, you will realize your connection to the world. To all other human beings. To their joys, their sorrows, their inspirations and their losses. It’s OK to experience their pain and joy. It’s OK to feel compassion toward another!

Detach from information

Are you burned out from the never-ending stream of information? Does it numb your brain, blur your vision? Is it there to get your mind off of yourself? The self that’s laying suppressed deep inside? The one you recall when your smartphone loses its charge, or your internet glitches out?

So turn it OFF. That’s what the off button is for. It forces you to remember who it is that you really are. Remember the kid running around at the park? Yeah that was you. You were happy then, just as you were. You didn’t’ need the 3,000 satellite channels, or 10,000 best friends on Facebook.

In Conclusion

God gave you everything you need to experience joy right now. It is our tech savvy society that convinced you to accessorize with the latest, the fastest and the best so you can feel complete. Well I’m telling you, to turn it off. Just for a moment. Just long enough to remind yourself that to be human, all you really need, is you.

Live well. Vlad

2 Responses to criteria over character

  1. Adam September 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Dude you’re exactly right about the job stuff. I remember coming out of college and just HATING the process itself, that it all felt so fake and cold, and no one saw anything of me beyond the 1 page I was given to discuss myself (but when you consider the resume standards and taboos even THAT didn’t let me be me). Really is a shame.

    • Vlad Rapoport September 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      Yeah Adam, it’s too bad we’re not seen for who we really are. Just data… Maybe some day?