‘Smart Community’ – The Need Of The Hour!
We live in a world inundated with smartness! We have Smart-Phones, Smart-TVs, Smart-Cars, Smart Watches…. Heck! We even have entire Smart-Homes! What we don’t have, ironically, is a corresponding level of Smart People!
Allow me to explain my smarting observation… a Smart device is a gizmo which is able to ‘connect, share and interact with its user and other smart devices’. It has the power to ‘compute’. While most of us are also able to ‘connect’ with others, the information we end up ‘sharing and interacting’ about, isn’t always accurate… oftentimes far from it. This is because of our increasing dependency on social media platforms and ‘forwards’ for news, combined with our staunch reluctance to verify its source or its authenticity. Our resultant ‘computations’ – thus based on misperceptions and misinformation – all born of our smart devices, make us look like smart-asses!
Without going into detail, let me emphasize the need for us to be smarter than that – as a nation and as a community… be it (for now) about resolutely following the norms of wearing masks and social distancing, amidst another potential State lockdown due to rising covid cases; or then, the community’s oncoming BPP elections.
A ‘Smart Community’, more than ever, is the need of the hour. Donning your smart cap now, could very much save your lives and the wellbeing of the community!
Have a good weekend!