It is always dangerous if you are around my age to say anything negative about Facebook or Twitter or texting . Dangerous looking up when you walk on the sidewalk. Dangerous driving with your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road - you might miss something really really really important. How pedestrian! How 2007! I own all the goods - an iphone, a verizon phone, ipods, ipads, many laptops and desktops and every other gadget you can imagine - yet I know we are plugged in enough to makes us all just out of reach. All the Happy Birthday messages on Facebook last week were so sweet. Was just strange reading all those sweet notes and never hearing anyone's voice.
I was so happy to read Bob Herbert in the NY Times this morning. I have quoted it below:
Let’s put down at least some of these gadgets and spend a little time just being ourselves. One of the essential problems of our society is that we have a tendency, amid all the craziness that surrounds us, to lose sight of what is truly human in ourselves, and that includes our own individual needs — those very special, mostly nonmaterial things that would fulfill us, give meaning to our lives, enlarge us, and enable us to more easily embrace those around us.
There’s a character in the August Wilson play “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” who says everyone has a song inside of him or her, and that you lose sight of that song at your peril. If you get out of touch with your song, forget how to sing it, you’re bound to end up frustrated and dissatisfied.
We need to reduce the speed limits of our lives. We need to savor the trip. Leave the cellphone at home every once in awhile. Try kissing more and tweeting less. And stop talking so much.
Other people have something to say, too. And when they don’t, that glorious silence that you hear will have more to say to you than you ever imagined. That is when you will begin to hear your song. That’s when your best thoughts take hold, and you become really you.