I heard a report on the radio a couple of days ago concerning charities. A charity representative was saying that people have not been so charitable this lock down, more people gave of their time and money in the first one, she sounded surprised. I gave this a little thought, all of about 20 seconds. Why the surprise, the first lock down occurred in a lovey spring/early summer, people didn’t mind going outside to fetch and carry. No one knew how long this was going to go on, in fact many thought it would be over and done with before Christmas, they thought they would be back at work within weeks, so didn’t mind offering money or goods. Now 12 months on it’s cold, people have lost those jobs and are either living on benefits or their savings and wondering how long they will last. People who are working from home despite what the government keep telling us are not saving hundreds of pounds, that saved money is being spent on extra home insurance payments, extra heating and energy, (all those cups of tea and coffee). People are tired, scared of what the future holds, the vaccine may well help, but what happens when the country does open up, will all be sunny and bright? Of course not, what we will have is years of high taxes, no jobs, cut services, rises in crime. That light at the end of the tunnel is an on coming train people.
Some of the bigger banks are going to shut 11 branches a week every week throughout 2021 it as been reviled. All those people put out of jobs, all those people with no access to a bank. Not all people can bank on line or use a cash machine. I can’t use a cash machine, I can’t use any touch screen. It’s a bit of a standing joke with everyone who knows me, in fact there have been times when we have been out and they have left me to enter my own pin/touch for information etc just so they can have a laugh. (Remember the days when you could go out). I simply can’t get them to work. But I digress, back to the point, it feels as if we are being pushed into a cashless society, I really, really dislike the idea. I distrust the online banking systems. (as if to prove a point as I write this hubby has just entered the room to tell me he as had to cancel the credit cards as he had just received notification that someone has tried to use it. it will take a few days for new cards. If we didn’t have cash what would we do).
Not going to the bank and having that face to face is yet another step away from in my opinion another place that we are losing the human connection.
Here are some of the problems I wonder about.
What if the computers go down for whatever reason, you can’t get access to your money, you can’t pay bills, buy food. Just think of the chaos that happen when just one banks computer systems went down a few years ago, I can’t remember if it was a weekend or a bank holiday, I do remember it was only for 48 hours but it was chaos for the people involved, now imagine they all went down together. Then there’s the whole hacking threat.
The lack of face to face is another thing I fear losing. For some people that trip to the bank along with the shops may be the only human interaction they have. Along side this comes the frustration of trying to sort out a problem with a faceless voiceless entity on the other end of a computer screen. I have heard people say about banking on line or using your phone to pay ‘it’s so easy and quick’ are we so busy we can’t wait for anything, having everything the minute we want it will make mankind impatient, where impatience lives intolerance isn’t far behind.
Then we have the conspiracies.
Once a cashless society the government will have control over our money, they will know exactly what anyone person has, they will be able to simply stop your access to your money if they choose because you haven’t ‘behaved.’
Machines are taking over our lives, in the past I have been out with groups of people who have spent the evening on their phones, I went on a hen night where the bride to be spent the night texting her husband to be. I asked her why she was even bothering with the evening out, why she hadn’t just had the evening with her husband to be. She didn’t take kindly to the question. I have sat in peoples homes where they have texted someone in the same room as them. I can’t help thinking that soon our ability to interact face to face, to speak, to form actual sentences, to read facial expressions and body language will all be gone, a little more of our humanity eroded away. I fear for the children of the future. Sometimes I feel that this may be right…
At the moment it’s 3am, I have just spent ½ an hour walking up and down the garden with Kitten while he decided which part of the garden would be the best place to pee, he decided the first place he went to in the end. I then spent 15 minutes looking for Nellie I didn’t want to shut her out, she was sat in the living room wastepaper bin. It’s a good job I love them.