Below is something I wrote in 2012 and I still feel and think this way...
Just some thoughts:
Often, I wonder what all this electronics effect will be on us and future generations. Now, before you shake your head and think, “There goes some old guy going off about change,” listen a minute; I think so many of these electronic findings are great. I do have a cell phone and I use it. But like a number of other great discoveries, there can also be a downside.
I identify with what Tom Brokaw recently wrote and said,
I love you on a tiny screen will never replace that
declaration whispered into your ear at the end of a
long embrace. Holding a Blackberry cannot compare
with holding hands on a first date or exchanging
spoken vows on a wedding day. I never want to
hear a lyric that goes, A tweet is just a tweet as time
This past week was our 47th wedding anniversary. Certainly, when we got married in 1965, there were no cell phones, GPS systems, emails, etc, but had there been, I don’t think it would have been a factor in working through those marriage years. If we’re not careful, it is easy to be lulled into a “taking one for granted” pattern. Verbal communication is vital to relationships. Hitting keys on a key pad can be a lot easier than talking to someone, but they can also be a lot less personal. Typing letters is a lot easier than sitting down, looking someone in the eye and trying to resolve a matter.
To quote an old Little Willie John song (he was a 50s’ rock- n- roll performer):
in your own special way.”
July 28, 2012