But we have to Woz! It’s what we do. Social Basis of Self-Preservation has extended to our technology choices.
Few if any organisms survive on their own. It’s personal survival in the form of a group. When staying alive is not just the responsibility of the individual, but other members of the species help the individual to survive, and vice versa, all members’ chances are enhanced. This is why we encourage others in technology to support an ecosystem. If enough people buy or buy into a platform, the more chance it will be cared for and fed.
Humans have the most complex society of any creature on earth, which means we extend self-preservation beyond personal physical survival and now into our technological choices We live in extremely complex and interdependent societies, where people band together in groups for mutual aid and protection. We form these bonds over social networks that are now being absorbed into platforms. These networks are aggregating such groups as families, friendships, associations, tribes, clans, states, nations. The members of these groups work together to help each other. Also, since the group enhances the members’ chances of survival, group survival means personal survival. This also means that technology platforms will strive to include as many barriers to leaving as possible. And we know that. So we fight to include others even if we don’t fully understand that motivation or activity.
Of course, the human ability to think, which provides so many advantages for survival, carries with it a disadvantage. Being able to think about the future means being able to worry about it as well. We worry about our investments in time, social networks, and a whole host of things that might or might not exist in the future. What will happen if all the items in a given platform vanish? What happens if I lost my self in the form of my content? What will happen if the investment I made in accessories and software become lost and I have to repurchase everything? This leads us to encourage as many others as possible to keep the ecosystem alive. This drive is why we throw stones and hurl insults at others choices when fragmentation of the tribe might in itself mean extinction
To quote the Prophet: “The app store has changed our lives. We depend on Apple leadership. Most of the software I feel is in apps. You speak of iOS becoming less relevant as though other platforms are as good but I think of it more in terms of the fact that for all major platforms, there are more than enough apps and they are generally the same quality on each platform.”
Humans have a conscious awareness of the effects of technology adoption, that our progeny is our posterity. We therefore extend self-preservation to our fellow adopters to an even greater degree than other consumers. We care for them not just until self-sufficiency or self-reliance, but well beyond. This increases their chances of survival, and thus of our ecosystems survival in the future. We only look at Television and supporting a show for ratings.
Finally, our ability to remember the past and project into the future means we may help total strangers, those that have no technological relationship to us at all. We do good things for and too others. We don’t expect that a return will necessarily come from the specific person we helped. We just believe that helping will result in help when needed. Thus, by helping others, any others, we help ourselves. And by that, our technology culture will survive.
And so, I write this from an HP system, on a windows operating system, reviewed on an Ipad and published on an Android via WordPress. May we all feel the independence of our path and the success of our choices. Even if it’s outside an ecosystem.