Interesting moment in Arabic class this week: The book suggests the discussion question "What is the best thing in the era we live in?", and most of the 20-year-old students say, "Technology," a word they say as if it's self-explanatory what that is. I'm pretty sure it means "Cell phones and games and videos."
It's interesting that the word "technology" in our modern ears only encompasses about the last 3 years of versions of things, because of the rate of obsolescence of our modern things and because these kids aren't old enough to remember when phones couldn't text. If I were growing up now, I don't think I would comprehend the actual trail of "technology" that has led up to our being able to have food, water, medicine, heat, communication and goods at our command. It all just arrives in our lives by some kind of magic.
My answer to the question, what is the best thing in the era we live in? Drinkable water.