What a surprise, we were disappointed. There is such sadness in a life waiting for the best possible outcome while avoiding everything else in its figurative wake. For all the time spent in front of a screen, we lose comprehension of what is real. We are all developing parasocial relationships with the Facebook and anxiety with the overload of information. We’ve all heard talk of simpler times when we met in a field for a pickup baseball game. It is all a myth.
We have climbed so far ahead of the curb that its projection is way off. And people are angry. The assumption is that someone is behind the curtains orchestrating our demise. According to abstract polls, some ninety percent of the U.S. population has lost faith in government. Maybe we are starting to realize that this democracy that has been embedded in our hearts is beyond our control and that the Republic has become misrepresented and misguided. It is not that simple.
The complexity is beyond the majority’s comprehension, beyond my comprehension. Fixing everything at once is a romantic dream and the myth of government leading the way to make this a reality is a silly childish expectation. No super-committee will save the day. We all have a part in this theatrical performance and forget our own ability to make things happen.
Our lives have become obscured in myriads of interconnectivity. How many email addresses, cell phone numbers, Twitters, Facebooks, blogs, and other screen names do we need? We are spending far too much time googling our experiences instead of coming up with something original. It is a bad script to a movie far too long and boring with no beginning or end. Thinking too much about it all is depressing.
Does that mean we should just ignore it and go about our ways? I may be wrong, but hoping the problems go away is insane. Still, one cannot solve it alone. There is a balance to it that is difficult to practice. Some have tried to simplify their lives and have succeeded from time to time. We need not overdo it though to the point of losing out on the benefits of our technological capabilities.
We do need to acknowledge the potential side effects and work to balance digital relationships with real face to face friendships. There are certain activities that cannot be effectively practiced through a computer or television. It is too easy to spend time in front of a screen with the many smartphones, laptops, ipads, and etceteras. So what do we do? Googling alternatives is but one of the many contradictions we have rationalized as a solution to our problems.
Are there any absolutes? My guess is no and to seek the magic bullet answer is to seek nothing at all. It is not all that bad. No need to get too excited, the sun will rise tomorrow. Another holiday will come. The myth of what it takes to be happy is not worth the time it takes to state it.
“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often […] we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” -JFK
Let’s think about it a little bit more than we do and then talk about it on a walk through the park.