Afflictions of the Smartphone Age.

Smartphones, a good thing or something worse? With them has come one of the biggest changes to human society without a doubt. We here at Harlam believe this modern day age of communications, which may offer some benefits, also introduces several new truly awful afflictions. Quite a few in fact, prompting us to take some time to define them here for you today. In this post we would like to bring your attention to these, well almost disease like afflictions, in order to educate you about them. Perhaps in seeing the symptoms you may be lucky enough to catch yours early in order to resolve it before it completely ruins life.


(Smartphone Blindness). This is one that can cause injury, either to the one Cellphone-Obsession_edited1 suffering from it, or to others who are just innocent victims of it. The symptom of this one is seen in the one suffering walking along but their gaze is transfixed upon their Smartphone. Resulting in the effect that they walk into others without seeing them.

In very severe cases they have been known to end up so stricken with Sphind that they have ended up in a different City when simply trying to get to the local shop for some milk.

Please read our full report on this in our previous blog post Sphind – A Modern Day Affliction


(Smartphone Anti Social Behaviour). Of all the new afflictions that these modern day devices of Satan have unleashed, Harlam find this one the most heart breaking of all.

We see this everywhere within modern groups who are out to socialise, interact with other Sphantaviour human beings as is their natural behaviour. Yet somehow this little electronic parasite infects them, causing them to retreat back within their own anti social world.

How often do you, (Well those of you who don’t suffer from this horrible epidemic of course), see those who do sat at the same table in a social gathering, rather than talking to those right next to them, are conversing with someone else in the ether using this devilish Smartphone.

What really makes us sad of heart here though is how this affects those supposedly out on a romantic tryst. Here the heart, soul and mind should be focused on the object of your love, enjoying loving chat with, as is the age old human pre mating way. But no, instead they sit there opposite each other over a meal, coffee, drinks for two not gazing into each others eyes as nature intended sharing that magical moment but down at that screen.

They would be better off just staying at home, saving the expense of the romantic setting, messaging each other on the device that causes this sad affliction, whilst ignoring their family around them! (Perhaps the lesser form of this horrible affliction?)


(Smartphone Dyslexia), Lamo himself has fallen pray to this one, with his paws not being the best things to use to type messages on Smartphones. After all one form of pad on another is definitely asking for the creation of inbred messages.

He will be thumping away on the electronic keyboard that has letters that are like grains of sand to his furry extremities, unaware he has tapped on the letter next to the one actually needed. Where such a beautiful word as, “love” in a message of heartfelt sentiment becomes, “lice”, which completely changes the tone of what is being conveyed.


(Smartphone Thumb). Evolution will have life adapt to the ever changing surroundings in which it lives. Lets face it technology has changed humanities environment beyond all recognition of sanity if we are honest.

HugeThumb From our crawling out of the primeval oceans as we dragged our sorry arses on to the lands of this world. As we went from walking on all fours to our erect bipedal stature of today so has the smartphone begun to change our future evolution to come.

As more of the population succumb to this viral epidemic of modern communication, our thumbs are becoming mutated by its unending speed of attack.

Each letter our thumbs hammer out, as fast as a bacteria grows by division, develops its muscle and shape. Slowly as the generations become more integrated with these electronic extensions of their lives, so the thumb becomes larger with it.

One advantage of course is when the smartphone breaks, taking your Uber app with it, you will be able to hitch hike a lift far more easily with a thumb this size.


(Smartphone Autocorrect Dyslexia). This is the one that proves without doubt that Skynet will soon exist bringing with it the supposed fictitious judgement day, as it’s ever developing parasitical artificial intelligence hatred of humans develops under the skin of our extended limb.

You’ll be typing away completely oblivious to the fact the auto correct has changed the SkynetAutocorrect word you wanted to write for one it thinks will cause the most upset to the recipient of the message. Whilst it builds up to the, “Global Thermal Nuclear War”, app which it will then use to launch judgement day, it will content itself with causing both embarrassment and conflict between us Smartphone addicted users.


Final Thought

Humanity is becoming consumed by technology, none more so than this little electronic parasite that infests our every day life now. We at Harlam have started to wonder if we are too late now and humans will not be able to survive without it for having formed a symbiotic relationship with it.

We fear if there was now some cosmic disaster which wiped technology from the world, humanity would not survive. For it would be almost like having our very hearts pulled from our bodies due to our unnatural reliance on it. Ask yourself, how long could you survive without your smartphone today? We think if you give it serious thought, the answer will scare you, as it should.

Is it too late to find a cure to these technological afflictions or will the Earth finally be inherited by those who are immune to the false ease of life they actually bring?


(c) Harlin and Lamo The Lion

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Thank you.

The Silent World War

This post came about through a very sad incident within the world that Harlin frequents, that of the noble world of medical care. Two interns had been viciously attacked being put into critical conditions themselves.

History shows us how violent a world we live in, so many wars that have raged, so many that still rage. Yet within these there is an almost unwritten rule that those running medical care, on either side, are not to be touched during the battles.

But the point Harlin raised, about medical staff being attacked, we mean look at WWII, it was almost unheard of for medical facilities, boats, even on the Battle field that these people were ever targeted!

Yet how is it that in a Hospital, outside of any conflict, SmurfViolence two interns who have advocated to a life of care for others, are attacked for no rhyme nor reason? Harlin sadly also told the tale of another Doctor, a neuro surgeon, who was savagely punched in his own clinic. He had tried the absolute best he could with his unique skills to save a patient with brain surgery. Yet despite his best work effort, could not save the patient. For that, rather than appreciate the chance he presented with his skills in trying to save the patient and thank him, they attack him. (See link in further reading.)

Why beat upon those who are there to save others, potentially putting others at risk through injury to these amazing specialists? This was the thought that then directed our conversation.

It is not within just this profession were this attitude is becoming more prevalent these days but it is everywhere, all around us, this random, senseless act of being violent, why?

Lamo and Harlin were talking about this incident that occurred within her countries medical practices as it has become almost common place there now. It was that interns had been attacked, for no real reason. It led us to our thoughts about how the world has become like this, what possible reason creates this hidden hatred that will just randomly erupt.

Humans now fly of the handle for no reason anymore! Lamo wondered if it is a result of overpopulation perhaps? Just so many people all clambering on the dwindling resources our planet has to offer up, that some kind of primal survival instinct is being bought back from the depths of our sub conscious. A primeval need to fight for the scraps between rival tribes in order to stave of dying from hunger.

Only in this modern age, it is driven by the segregation of the chasm between the rich and the poor, were those without are now the dominant tribe cast out into the wilderness from the might high towers of the opulent to fight over what they leave.

It has reached epidemic proportions now where we should speak out about this more, yet nearly all take the safety of staying quiet for the consequences of speaking out put a target upon your own back.

People these days are filled with so much rage, that the simplest of actions can spark violence within society now. TomandjerryViolence If you lash back it incites escalation which leads to you being stabbed, shot, losing your life for no reason more than you happened to be standing in the wrong place doing nothing to the antagonist who suddenly enters your life at that moment.

We see it so often here in London, an act as someone bumping into another on the street, accidentally splashing another with a drink in a crowded pub, truthfully insignificant unintentional accidents. What drives some to become violent in temperament that to accept the given apology? Escalate it to the realm of verbal, and in many cases now physical retaliation? Retaliation for what we have to ask. Again where does this deep rooted rage suddenly rise up from for something that is to all intense and purposes harmless.

Is it a primeval instinct that has been coaxed back to the surface because of society? We wonder if there is a hidden long term pent up frustration based mental time bomb created by the invisible illusion of freedom.

Free World“, is a term we here in the western half of the globe here all the time, yet in reality we are not. Beaten down by the oppressive reign of corrupt Governments who whilst conveying the lie of democracy, actually take more freedoms away from us in costly legislation, policies, takes that keep the masses subdued. Whilst the unselected elite few, live off that power they hold, whilst trampling more and more controls on the rest.

Does that knowledge through the more informed connected world, slowly get ingested within our sub conscious, which snaps into rebellion when triggered by the most innocuous of individual situations which lash out at the unsuspecting innocent rather than the true human antagonists so safe in the protected ivory towers?

Human behaviour, especially toward each other, is shaped so strongly during childhood but the immediate environment around us, in the olden days being family and close friends.

The new generations are exposed as a matter of course to playing on technological substitute parents, smartphones, games consoles. Is it because the real parents are  too busy fighting the conformities of society, working, to pay the ever increasing cost of living those in power continue to thrust upon us that they are not given the time to shape their kids? Or is it that in this modern age many parents just can’t be bothered anymore?

Either way, these future generations are exposed to games, comics even films where violence is no longer condoned but galmourised. This must therefore also guide their responses when their mind snaps into the violence we see today, especially it is very sad to say in the younger generations.

All these subliminally teach them that violence is ok when defending against violence. Yet we all know, violence will begat violence in a never ending scale of escalation. Why are we not teaching a little of the, “Turn the other cheek”? tom-jerry9 We are pretty sure that this attitude will generally remove the fire for the flames of violence to be fanned in most situations. It will die, and people move on with their lives, perhaps one muttering under their breath briefly but no one actually hurt?

Yet this mindset is removed from the new generations through what they learn from these false technological teachers, from those that create entertainment media as a whole. How they can say it does not cause violence do not understand that it becomes the fatal trigger the provokes the impressionable mind into believing themselves the hero if they beat their antagonist, no matter how unintentional that situation they created.

To strengthen this thought of the younger generation, we would ask this final thought. People brag about how we live in a, “Civilised Society“, how then if this is true does it allow the following to happen?

Two young women, in love, after having a lovely night out in north London are travelling home on the bus. With no provocation they are viciously attacked by four teenagers. This is not civilised in any definition we at Harlam can find. (See link in further reading.)

What we here at Harlam see is that this problem is getting worse and not slowly either but with a very frightening exponential momentum.

Yes, the world has always been violent, with wars waging etc but this is a silent War, a new world war that affects everyone more or less? For us the most horrifically scary question that it raises, “Can it now be stopped?” As without stopping now to find the cause is it too late to sop this human path of destructive behaviour?


(c) Harlin & Lamo The Lion 2019


Further Reading on the stories referenced in this Blog

  1. Women Attacked On London Bus
  2. Doctor Attacked in Kolkata

Letter To Death

Dear Death,

We have recently found ourselves becoming curious over you and your existence. Not that you don’t exist but questions about who you are, your role in the Universe. If indeed you are bound to our Universe at all that is. We all hear the phrase “God’s Plan” here but is it?

Our minds wonders do you determine when a living thing is to be released and it’s soul given over to God, or are you simply doing God’s bidding? If so then the image we have of the “sands of time” being in your procession disappears. Destroys the idea that you are the one who sets out what time a life has to exist, in essence why do you need to be? What function would you play in the Universe if this were the case we wonder?

Harlin raised the thought that your are a “rescuer“, to release us from the binds of the restricted physical mortal life to something much more wonderful?

It got us to thinking, do you exist because of God, or does God exist because of you? Is it maybe that you are God just dressed differently? Are you the manifestation of God sent to collect the soul when the physical life it had finishes within Gods plan? In which case this letter is completely mute of course.

On the other side of the ethereal coin though, is God a manifestation of you? As for you to exist you must have life to end but in order for that to be, there must be a life giver.

Whilst so many fear you, we wonder if we should in fact thank you. As it was you who bought the creator into being who then created us in order to justify your existence. Well, sorry, not justify for this is a human construct, give purpose to your eternity as we see it?

We both, (Tentatively), look forward to meeting you that you may give me the answer we seek, but not too soon we hope.

Harlin & Lamo The Lion 2019