Two Relative Concepts

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An individual 's perception is the foundation of their beliefs. When examining the coexistence of two relative concepts such as technology and freedom, and how they could possibly affect one another, it is important to understand what they really are. Even more important than this, is understanding why we perceive these concepts, more often than not, as absolutes. It is after understanding these concepts for what they are, and reexamining one 's original perception of the two, that the relationship between the two can fairly be evaluated. Is the latest technology at your fingertips due to fortunate circumstance of living in this day and age, that you worked hard at your job to afford to buy it, and therefore gaining an amazing opportunity…show more content…
Technology is a relative concept and, despite the many people that would love to believe so, it is not always advancing. The Oxford Dictionary defines technology as "the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry." Science is perpetually changing, as new theories are being tested, old theories are disproved or amended, or entirely new discoveries are made. Just as the ways in the changes of science, the application of knowledge derived from it changes the same. What was the latest and greatest today could be out of date tomorrow. Also in the Oxford Dictionary, the concept of freedom is outlined as "The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint." In that light, freedom sounds like the beginning of the Declaration of Independence when Jefferson described freedom as ".. unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." (Jefferson Declaration of Independence) Early in biology, the area of science where life and living organisms are studied, a person will learn the four basic relationships in which organisms can function in relation to one another. These relationships are called symbiotic and "the word "Symbiosis" means, at root, living together. The word has come to mean different things to different…show more content…
The term technology is widely perceived, by the vast majority, as the application of technology to objects. Today 's most popular object technologies are smartphones, GPS, social media, and drones. The actual objects for these technologies came about at different times and, without a doubt, were not invented with ideas of their current uses. "In 1973, Martin Cooper changed the world...Cooper and his team at Motorola, the communications company, created...the cell phone"(Anjarwalla) and did not think of being able to surf the web and verbal directions from a digital and interactive mapping system. The Wright Brothers, "on December 17, 1903, they succeeded in flying the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven, heavier than air plane" ("Wright Brothers") and could not have envisioned small, stealthy, remotely controlled air crafts known as drones, today. The concept of freedom, when applied to gaining an education and the ability to create and invent, has given to the mutually benefiting relationship of freedom to explore and create new technologies. A good example of how freedom can mutually benefit from technology is in the area of communication technologies. With a smartphone, an individual can access the internet, to gain instant access to an email account or social media outlets with an, almost, unlimited network of
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