Use it or lose it
Walt Disney was quite prophetic when he said "Many of the things that seem impossible today will become realities tomorrow".
Our history abounds with inventions and developments, once deemed impossible, which have resulted in extensive improvements in life expectancy and living standards.
Each of these evolutions were instigated through pure mental cognition, without the assistance or need for the use of any external technological assistance or devices.
Today's society exhibits an insatiable desire for advances in technology, which is only highly commendable, when the benefit gained is meaningful and leads to positive advances in our quality of life.
Numerous examples of this uptake of new technology are evident in society - mobile phones, GPS, medical imaging, robotics, digital communication devices, electronic financial transactions, security monitors and computers.
As a result, our lives have been enhanced in a range of ways - improved medical treatment, saving lives, reliable communication, personal safety, replacement of outdated methods, providing expeditious and secure transactions.
However, it seems the main focus for many new technologies, introduced in the last five years, is on reducing the amount of time required for us to undertake day-to-day tasks.
This over reliance on such devices or methods is rapidly diminishing and impeding the level of mental cognition, which was once essential in the development of memory and thinking skills.
Cognition is the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought,
experience and the senses.
Eliminating thought from our repertoire, particularly in young people, by continuously reverting to digital devices, is producing a generation of highly skilled people with advanced technological skills but who are lacking in a range of higher order cognitive skills.
This incessant desire to save time is replacing any semblance of mental cognition with an increased dependence on digital technologies.
There needs to be a balance between the two, and people, both young and old, should use their brain before automatically reaching for their device. The old adage "use it or lose it" certainly applies.
Independents can make the difference
Before the last state election our Labor government annual budget allocation specifically for regional development was a grossly inadequate, $1.6 million.
The influence of Geoff Brock’s election as an independent member in Frome resulted in this being raised to $15 million – almost a 10-fold increase.
It is now the policy of both the Liberal Party and the Labor Party to budget $15 million per year specifically for regional development.
This $15-million regional development budget is still grossly inadequate for regional South Australia which is 99 per cent of the state.
The clear message from the last election is that electors can push significant change to both Labor and Liberal policies if they vote for independent influences when they go to the polling booths.
ANDREW JOHN SCOTT
Farewell and thank you
Farewell wonderful community-minded people who inhabit the amazing and diverse Eyre Peninsula region, we already miss you.
Our beautiful home overlooking the lovely Boston Bay has been sold.
We now have a home in the Adelaide Hills with a garden full of roses, among the tall trees and autumn leaves.
It is close to our children, grandchildren and the music so loved by Geoff.
Leaving Eyre Peninsula has been a massive decision for us.
It was an honour to represent you all in our South Australian parliament and I thank you for your support during the good years and the bad, particular thanks go to my family, staff, friends and supporters.
We all pulled together to cope with fires, droughts, high interest rates, high exchange rates and often the lack of understanding by those who make many of the decisions - decisions that often impact more expensively and vastly differently on people living in remote regions of the state.
Many decision makers have never lived and some have not even visited the regions of South Australia.
I urge you all to be proactive and educate our city cousins whenever you have the opportunity, particularly regarding health, power, water, communications and the significant export dollars we bring into Australia.
I will continue to love ‘my patch’, to work on your behalf whenever I can, watch your progress with great interest and visit occasionally. May you all fare well in your endeavours.
LIZ AND GEOFF PENFOLD
Retired Member for Flinders 1993-2010
- Letters commenting on election issues must bear the name and full address of the writer(s). Responsibility for election comment in this issue is accepted by Fairfax South Australia group managing editor Brooke DuBois, 200 Greenhill Road, Eastwood. Writers should disclose any alliance with political or community organisations and include their telephone number for verification. Election candidates should declare themselves as such when submitting letters.