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Theuth, Thamus, and planner

So when Egyptian god Theuth tells Egyptian king and god Thamus, that by inventing writing he has invented an elixir of memory, Thamus retorts back “...this invention will produce forgetfullness…You have invented an elixir not of memory but of reminding…”*

And 2 days back, I decided to use a planner to help me keep up with all those meetings, assignments, projects and etc.s. Now my over dependence and over reliability on the planner has started to scare me. What if I forget to put something down in the planner, what if it is lost, what if I forget it at home??? Feel pretty trapped by it, refer to it every 2 secs and can’t function without it now.

*from Plato’s Phaedrus

Harshal said,

October 25, 2006 @ 12:15 am

Can’t agree any less every invention does have its dark side … cellphone for example … its made us lose our patience … earlier we used to wait for friends for atleast an hour without getting worried orhaving negative thoughts but now you reach the decided place and can’t even wait 60 seconds before “Where the hell are you?”’ing him/her. But that does not in any way undermine the utility of the gadget. One has to use everything responsibly and not become dependent on it…. reminds me of the line in Spiderman …. “with great power comes great responsibility”

Kapil said,

October 27, 2006 @ 10:38 am

Oh, now, poor lady, you’re TRAPPED! geez :)

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