Consumption vs Production

How many of you consume on a daily basis. We don’t need a lot of brain power to do that, so it’s easy to do without much thought. What about creating something of value?

Recently, I watched a documentary, Samsara (2011). Some scenes aren’t for everyone, but I’m very glad, as someone in my 20s living in a developed country that I got to watch it. It was thought-provoking to say the least. It made me step back and take a look at how lucky we are, but also how much we consume everyday, whether it’d be eating too much, playing too much video games, watching too much TVB dramas (which I’m certainly guilty of at times),…

On the occasion where a man who does impossible things met the man (Russell Kirsch) who made the first computer, Mr. Kirsch said this:

“I’ve been against Macintosh company lately. They’re trying to get everyone to use iPads and when people use iPads they end up just using technology to consume things instead of making things.”

Now, I agree and disagree with that statement. There are still some brilliant people out there who are create the apps, but still the vast majority are consumers.

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s perfectly fine to enjoy yourself as there are many aspects of life other than being productive. But imagine a world where most people spend most of their time consuming. Then, the growth of the world will slow or remain stagnant, and who is going to come up with something new or of value to be consumed. There needs to be a supply (and there’s probably no need to mention since there is always more and more demand).

Relating to the context of music. How many of us play music, while doesn’t perform, doesn’t teach, doesn’t compose, doesn’t arrange? I’m not criticizing anyone. Rather, I’d like to give a gentle reminder, that hopefully, next time we’re consuming, think about how we could perhaps turn it into a more balanced act of consume-produce.