Pilgrims in the rain

I like this photo because to me it symbolises the uncertainty and challenges of our time.

It’s actually a photo of some pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago making their way towards Finisterre in the rain. [“Finisterre” translates as “the end of the world“, which it may have been in Roman times, but today it is only the most western point in Spain].

Uncomfortable for those on the road, not so much for the photographer inside the bus, but even for the approaching truck driver, this wasn’t a day where anyone knew where they would be sleeping tonight.

It’s not difficult to see the metaphor. The digital revolution is changing the way people work and live in almost every corner of the world.

Yet nobody knows where these unfolding changes are taking us. If we did, we wouldn’t be describing what is happening as a “revolution”.

That said, I remain an optimist, firmly in the Douglas Adams school of thinking about the present and the future….

“I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:

1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are”.

Happylogic.online is an occasional blog about travel and technology, and observations of small moments in the digital revolution which we are all experiencing. Enjoy…

Ian Allen