This WP prompt really caught my attention – but because I wonder if seeking to increase comfort in our daily life might actually be a bad thing.
I guess we start off by considering what we mean by comfortable. To me, it means making things easy for ourselves. So many of our daily chores can be automated or mechanised. We have machines to wash dishes, do the laundry. We even have robots that will clean the floors for us. We can buy ready-made meals or even order a delivery and get someone to cook it for us – our dinner is delivered to our door, piping hot. All we need to do is eat it.
We can take this into all aspects of our life and see how things can be made easier – even thinking about more recent developments. I can use AI to help out too – could I use AI to write my blog posts or provide some ideas/outline contents so that it facilitates my writing? AI is entering the workplace too, undertaking many routine tasks. How often do we deal with AI through chatbots etc? But would you be comfortable with an AI doctor?
My concern with seeking to make life ever more comfortable is that we become complacent, unable or unwilling to do things for ourselves and we lose the skills and knowledge of earlier generations.
Another consideration is that as we become less active we affect our health, fitness and wellbeing negatively. Becoming more comfortable and consequently potentially doing less, we could be sabotaging ourselves.
We are less active, travel by cars and eat less healthily, all in the name of convenience/comfort but we’re ruining ourselves so I think we should be exploring strategies to take ourselves out of our comfort zone and look to make our lives less comfortable.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my reflections, and that you will have your own ideas to share in the comments.
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