Tonight, as my thoughts drifted back to simpler times in life, I wondered about the high cost of new technology all around us – not cost in terms of dollars and cents, but rather our quality of life.
What have we lost along the way?
I can sit here at my computer and order any book with just a few clicks on my keyboard, but I can no longer visit my favorite bookstore.
It’s simply gone.
Gone are the lazy afternoons browsing through the titles surrounded by the smells of fresh pastries and coffee. The oversized chairs that I loved to relax in while breathing air filled with dreams and possibilities have all been hauled away in the name of new technology. If I drive far enough I can find the big corporate chain bookstores but I don’t expect them to last much longer either.
Technology is not likely to allow it.
Perhaps one day, the entire concept of books will be forgotten…
There are entire stores dedicated to babies these days, yet as I wander through the aisles I find it curious that the store offers only a half dozen styles of rocking chairs, yet countless rows of technology for soothing a baby – bears that sound like a mother’s womb, monitors so advanced that you can sooth your baby (from another room) with your voice without even getting up from your computer.
In the end though, no matter how technology continues to grow, it will never replace the love of a mother’s arms rocking her baby and singing sweet lullabies.
You don’t want to get me started on the way we communicate these days!
How often do we actually SPEAK to each other? Don’t get me wrong, I am as bad as the next guy. I actually groan when the phone rings because texting is so much easier than actually stopping what I am doing and truly communicating with someone. And, God forbid we meet in person to talk. LOLOLOL!
I am an admitted tech junkie.
I love new technology. I spend hours wandering the aisles (and drooling) in places like Best Buy and often find myself ordering things from Amazon.
I would never want to go backwards with where technology has gone.
I just think that every now and then we need to take a step back to remember our priorities and find some sort of balance with it all.
J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com