I know for a fact that things are as wacky as they can get. Well, I suppose it could get worse but I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about it because I read a book once that told us all of this would come to pass and it is what it is.

Trent Loos

My point is that I see people around the world, and even in my own county, doing things that are just selfish and, in some cases, cruel to our fellow human beings. I would like to think that I can fix it all but the reality is that I can only take care of myself one day at a time.

I have had a challenging couple of months with cell phones and let’s face it, Verizon only has our business in rural America because we have no other viable choice. If I am wrong on this, please let me know.

They charge you for every single gadget that they convince you that you should have and then they charge you for using it. We need Theodore Roosevelt back to break up this monopoly. It really hit me this week in Lincoln, Nebraska, as I walked into an overly busy store and everybody had issues that needed immediate attention.

Let’s face it; we all (absolutely including myself) have allowed ourselves to be addicted and dependent on a gadget that knows where we are at, knows our voice and probably where we plan to be for the next year. If you truly care about one of the founding principles of this country, that being your right to privacy, we should not be signing up for any cell phone plans.

To really complicate things, Canada recently arrested a phone company’s chief financial officer in Vancouver and I will not go into the details about her arrest (as the United States is involved too). If you break it all down, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is known to be involved in selling a phone made in China that collects data from all users which means you have no secrets. By the way, that happens to be the fastest growing cell phone company in the world because of something called 5G.

A large percentage of you who are still reading this conspiracy theory are saying, “Well, this is nothing close to what Trent normally writes about,” you would be wrong. It is at the core of what I write about each week. How did the U.S. become the global leader in efficient food production? We did it through the implementation of technology.

Why are we still negotiating with China about selling them farm commodities (despite what you just read about their secret stealing) when they want access to all the intellectual property we use to produce it. Knowledge is power! How many times have we shared that story? In fact, we have made our progress in food production by knowing that you can’t make progress without measuring it.

Have you stopped for moment and asked yourself what we are doing in this world with everything in our daily lives exposed; exposed to someone because of the gadget we share everything with?

I delivered some pig meat to a pastor the same day in Lincoln and he gave me his address but before I arrived I called and clarified something about my route. As I arrived, he asked if my GPS had a flaw? I told him I don’t use GPS but I still read a map and he was perplexed.

Truly we have become so dependent on something other than our natural instincts for survival that it is scary. While I normally endorse technology as a driver in most things, I am greatly concerned when that technology replaces basic common sense. Fortunately, I have read the Good Book and I am maintaining faith that we will get through this.

Editor’s note: Trent Loos is a sixth generation United States farmer, host of the daily radio show, Loos Tales, and founder of Faces of Agriculture, a non-profit organization putting the human element back into the production of food. Get more information at www.LoosTales.com, or email Trent at trentloos@gmail.com.

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