I couldn’t agree more with you. But there’s one thing I want to tell. At least according to me, tech, and being able to fix tech things, is also important. I know it’s not as important as the other things you mentioned, but going forward, it’s going to equally important. Because I feel that we are approaching times where tech is going to be a tool for life just like the other things. UN already has WSIS, and you need tech for that. Right now, having a smartphone is kind of a luxury, hasn’t yet become a necessity. But at least having a mobile phone is necessary. I’m not going to get into this right now, because it’s kind of off topic. Also, as a disclaimer, I’m a professional software developer myself and have a Masters degree in electronics and embedded systems. :) So I kind of love tech.
That said, again, I couldn’t agree more with you. I grew up in an environment where I kind of had everything. I didn’t have to sweat a lot to get stuff. Life has been easy. But as I started growing up as an adult and started living on my own, I realised how ill-prepared I was for the real world. My car broke down and I didn’t know what was wrong with it. I still don’t know plumbing, or carpentry, and I certainly don’t know how to fix a leaking roof. I wish I did. I’m 28 and there’s still a lot of stuff I need to learn to live a tech-free life.
So what I’m trying to say is, I agree with you, and week-by-week, I’m learning stuff, stuff that’ll help me in places and situations where tech can’t. I’ve started recently with learning how to repair cars. And I never knew getting dirty under a car changing fluids would be so much fun! :D