A new god?

Dear Pogue,

Last time I wrote I told you about the simple pleasure I got from flying a kite and how it was such a total experience. Then I got to thinking where things had gone awry. I mean, think about it, how many people can actually entertain themselves these days? Or, to put it a different way, how many need an electronic device to be entertained? A TV, an Xbox or similar, a cell phone, an IPad? The list grows and the level of stimulation advances. The advancements will continue and offer the chance of ever greater stimulation.

The Matrix was a documentary.

Keane Reeves

Then there is sport, all day, everyday, 24-7-365. You know I am now living amongst the most blessed people of all time. I can watch football everyday of the week! Or choose from 100’s of films and an equal number of TV series. It’s mind blowing and frightening as I no longer have to think for myself.

You see, back in the day, when I was younger, before there was internet (!) we would spend our time actually out playing football and other games. We got dirty, skinned knees and ended up with a bruise or two. But we built real face to face relationships around those games, those scrapes and bruises. We sat out in the evenings and talked about all sorts of crazy stuff. As I look around I feel sure we were richer for it, for not having our entertainment fed to us.

I wonder how society will look in 10 or even 20 years? There will be so many who have given their lives over to this new god to be entertained. Who have spent evening after evening watching “the game”. Is this worship for the 21st century? Young people now fluent in text, facebook and instagram but strangely awkward in close quarter conversation.

Indeed, are we witnessing the diminishing of the attention span? Big respect to all those who continue to read books.

A short attention span makes all of your perceptions and relationships shallow and unsatisfying.

Elkhart Tolle

I have never owned an Xbox or the like. I am thankful for a developed habit of reading (and writing). I still treasure long evenings sitting around talking with friends. Talking about craziness. Thankfully developed habits live on although we have added wine.

My god is not subverting my thoughts, cleverly, subtly through a doctrine of entertainment delivered over hours, days and weeks. I feel that the brave new world is not for me. And you?

Yours, thinking for myself,

Wic

3 thoughts on “A new god?

  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! This is a truly fantastic post! Well done! You’ve definitely hit the nail on the head.
    (From someone who would rather talk face to face than on a phone, who would rather be playing scrabble as a board game, and who has an overwhelming collection of REAL books….and prefers reading cover-to-cover actual pages)

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    1. Thank you for your enthusiasm. I will spend the rest of the day smiling. I haven’t managed to solicit many comments. Likes, but not comments. Thanks. Fancy joining my random bunch of followers? I think we use to say, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” but then we grew up!

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  2. I thought I HAD clicked to follow your blog. Guess I moved too fast! Rectified now! 😉
    I also struggle with receiving comments – I guess the opportunity for interaction can be daunting for some.
    Admittedly, there are times where I read, like and then move on.
    We tend to forget how much difference a few words can make.
    Keep smiling 🙂 and blogging. 😉

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