Archive | March, 2012

A techno rant!

6 Mar

 

You know I am beginning to loathe technology.  What happened to a time when you actually used a phone plugged into the wall in your kitchen or bedroom and actually sat down and spoke to someone in the PRIVACY of your house and not in the grocery store, neither walking down the street nor eating at a restaurant?  When was the last time you actually sat down and wrote a letter-that is if you can still actually write cursive, made out a check or sent a card you bought at a card store or (be still my fluttering heart) made a card?  When was the last time you took sweet-smelling, sun drenched and bleached whites in from outside after they were dried?  When was the last time you took a minute out of your busy day and knocked on your neighbors’ door not only to say hello but actually see if they were alright?  When was the last time you did something special for someone with no thoughts of quid quo pro? When was the last time you paid it forward without putting it on eBay to make some money? And lastly, when was the last time you actually turned off your computer and said…..no more?  A day?  A week?

   What happened to the simple life? Dinners at night with loved ones? Walks after dinner and schmoozing as you walked? Visits to Grammies, Gramps, Aunties, Uncles, and Cousins on weekends?  Actually going to synagogue on Friday or Saturday mornings or church on Sunday and being with your spiritual family? Family Circles once a month where everyone got together? A sleepover after long days of playing in the summer?  Actually after responding to an RSVP, then you go to the event instead of stiffing the host?  Windows opened and fans going instead of the reconstituted air conditioning air on long hot summer evenings? Kids running and playing until the sun goes down and parents call? Celebrating holidays with family and friends with your house bursting with love, joy and happiness?

   It seems that our society has taken one step ahead and five backward. We need all to take a technology time out to realize there is more to life than I-pads, cells, computers, big screen television sets the size of movie screens and the like. We need to be able to look each other in the eye, laugh, shake hands and get out from behind our inability relate to one another through cyberspace OR we will increasingly become like the song Zager and Evans wrote in the late 1960’s:

In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may find

In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie
Everything you think, do and say
Is in the pill you took today

In the year 4545
You ain’t gonna need your teeth, won’t need your eyes
You won’t find a thing to chew
Nobody’s gonna look at you

In the year 5555
Your arms hangin’ limp at your sides
Your legs got nothin’ to do
Some machine’s doin’ that for you

In the year 6565
You won’t need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube

In the year 7510
If God’s a-coming, He oughta make it by then
Maybe He’ll look around Himself and say
“Guess it’s time for the judgement day”

In the year 8510
God is gonna shake His mighty head
He’ll either say “I’m pleased where man has been”
Or tear it down, and start again

In the year 9595
I’m kinda wonderin’ if man is gonna be alive
He’s taken everything this old earth can give
And he ain’t put back nothing

Now it’s been ten thousand years
Man has cried a billion tears
For what, he never knew
Now man’s reign is through

But through eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away

 

In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may find

In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie
Everything you think, do and say
Is in the pill you took today

In the year 4545
You ain’t gonna need your teeth, won’t need your eyes
You won’t find a thing to chew
Nobody’s gonna look at you

In the year 5555
Your arms hangin’ limp at your sides
Your legs got nothin’ to do
Some machine’s doin’ that for you

In the year 6565
You won’t need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube

In the year 7510
If God’s a-coming, He oughta make it by then
Maybe He’ll look around Himself and say
“Guess it’s time for the judgement day”

In the year 8510
God is gonna shake His mighty head
He’ll either say “I’m pleased where man has been”
Or tear it down, and start again

In the year 9595
I’m kinda wonderin’ if man is gonna be alive
He’s taken everything this old earth can give
And he ain’t put back nothing

Now it’s been ten thousand years
Man has cried a billion tears
For what, he never knew
Now man’s reign is through

But through eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away

Advertisements