A large general store chain in the USA, which I will leave unnamed in this post has started a new service.
You can order groceries online, then the groceries will be delivered, unpacked and put away in your cabinets; whether you are home or not.
A net search can probably help you find the details.
You can imagine what flooded through my mind when I heard of this. What a dangerous idea.
I mean, the moment a customer cannot find where they misplaced their camera, they will accuse the Grocery Chain that their delivery person committed theft.
And the chain will likely just reimburse the customer because it is easier than trying to investigate or fight it. They won't want to cover that, though, so they factor this shrink into all products costs, making us all pay for it. Our costs Go Up.
And that delivery person may be fired - over something they did not even do.
Not to mention any other threats to the delivery person.
This goes both ways, as well. The delivery person may stalk homes they deliver to.
I can certainly see cases where such a service could be a boon. Retirement homes for example. But as a service geared toward the average person, this seeks to exploit the concept of Convenience.
Convenience is often just another word for avolition. A disinclination to put forth effort.
I see this trend in just about everything. And while certainly, some of them have improved lives and quality of living, many are superfluous.
It's animal nature. It makes sense, from a survival in a harsh land perspective, to follow programming that seeks to conserve energy whenever possible. In humanity, our brains are so large, that the brain consumes in the range of 20% of our daily calories.
People often comment on conserving mental energy.
Yet, look at us... we live in an age of Modern Convenience and Twinkies. We can stand to lose some weight. If you're going to gnaw on all those cheeseburgers and snackycakes, you can well afford to expend some mental energy.
And put your own groceries away.
Brings us back to Zorin OS.
The purpose behind Zorin OS is to ease the transition from Windows OS to Linux Distributions.
We live in an age where making things easier is the marketing strategy.
It's like "free". What is the real cost?
I am reminded of the movie
Wall-E. The costs are visible, right here on this forum.
When users ask for ease and easier more often than not. They have expectations of what they want to receive, while vocalizing a lack of desire to put any of their own effort into it.
How often is it that a member will quite simply say, "I need help with this but don't give me any terminal commands to use." "Don't ask me to do such and such or other because I do not know how."
They enter into it with a defeatist attitude. This is the cost: What has Microsoft done to our fellow people?
Most, with some encouragement and learning, will quickly overcome this limited liability that was taught to them over many years. This demonstrates that our actual underlying nature, is not so lazy after-all.
But when offered avolition, we are more likely to think, "It's easier this way..." and dutifully accept our stunting.
Sapiens means "Wise". To be sure, working smarter and making things easier is certainly not always a bad thing. It can benefit individuals and humanity. We have made global communication easier. This has many great benefits. But to be sapiens, we must be wise and use that wisdom to differentiate between making something easier and making something damaging.
There is a difference between doing something Right and cutting corners. There is a difference between doing something the easy way and doing something the best way.