Gautama Buddha is the prophet of Buddhism and its philosophies of peace, kindness, and penance in the world. He lived in this world during the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. Moreover, he was born at Lumbini in present Nepal, to the royal Shakya dynasty. He left his family at a young age to serve the people and liberate the world from sorrows. Everyone knows his tales of renunciation and penance throughout the world. He has millions of his followers who walk in the path as guided by him, popularly known as Buddhism.
Communication in Buddha’s world
Communication has always been an integral part of human civilization. Since the beginning of the world and human civilization, there was a growing need to connect with other people. They believe in exchanging expressions and having fruitful conversations. As communication between human beings evolved, the language grew up, opening up a new horizon. But you will need an ordinary day to day communication to be physically demanding. You had to mostly meet a person in order to properly communicate with the person. The script of language comes into existence later on. However, letters did not have the same essence that of listening to spoken words. You can misinterpret the written words very easily due to the absence of vocal expressions. This had been the scenario of communication throughout the world for many centuries.
What makes those days different?
In Gautama Buddha’s world, technology and science were not advanced to the intensity it is at today. Bigger levels of societal communication were still at the level of sermons in the form of huge conferences. In big cities, written scriptures were circulated to the courts of various kings or emperors by the messengers. It can be well presumed now that the existence of so many countries and continents were unknown to the human at that point of time.
People of certain continents were not even aware of the people existing in the other continents or countries. Therefore, the world was much constricted in terms of culture and social norms. It can be then understood that Gautama Buddha might have faced serious problems regarding his public relations and outreach sectors. He could be able to reach more people with his philosophy and teachings if the world had invented the smartphone by his time.
If Buddha had a smartphone
A smartphone tells us a lot about a person’s behavior and personality. Gautama Buddha was a man of penance and he believed in simple living. So, if he had a smartphone it would not be a much expensive one. It would be a smartphone belonging to the budget range, probably a Chinese one. He spent much of his time meditating in the woods amidst nature. He would much likely have self-improvement apps on his smartphone. Good meditating apps would be essential to him.
Brain puzzle apps would serve as his leisure time pass. He might also have a focus on building apps to train his concentration during meditation. Gautama Buddha will not have to think of holding big conglomerations of people. He would broadcast his sermons through Facebook Live or other live streaming apps. Buddha can also have a YouTube channel to have his teachings and clips of longer sermons uploaded. He would become a great social media influencer of his time as well if he had a smartphone.
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