Madeliaette wrote:Just a few points from my experience:
* I don't - and won't - own a cell phone. This makes people consider me old and foolish. To me it is a piece of tech-junk that would interrupt my life even more than the landline! Just another 'essential gadget' to deplete the earth of its resources and fill it with waste... like the tv i dont own, car i dont drive, heater i dont warm up with, dishwasher i never replaced my hands with, microwave i have no inclination toward, washing machine I only needed when my son was in cloth diapers...
I think the majority of people are convinced, at some level, that they now need
their phones to survive
. Its an extra appendage and people go into panic, a sort of phantom pain when they misplace it, or leave it at home.
Madeliaette wrote:* Since my father passed away last September, I have spent time going to visit some of his elderly friends. I have found that the thing they want/need the MOST is someone to sit down and listen to them - hear their side of things, understand their story, see it from their viewpoint... It has made me notice how rushed many everyday conversations are. I do not know if it is only the over 40's who miss not having someone LISTEN to them, or whether the young just don't know any different/have no need of it. But since experiencing the change from fear, misery, distress into contentment, relief, relaxation when someone can talk and be listened to I kinda know what you mean.
* I wonder what lies ahead for this planet's inhabitants. The more away from tech gadgets and toward nature I go, the happier I am - and the planet benefits too - but with so few people willing to step back to what worked before from this modern 'whoosh-whoosh-want it now' world, I cannot see the old ways returning. I just hope that something better lies the other side of this bridge we humans are building, cos most of us are traveling over it....
I'm with you. I'm working more towards less items, to simply life as much as is practical for my current circumstances and beyond. I don't see the technology being sustainable. If population is still growing, the planet is becoming more depleted and technology exponentially improves and the price exponentially decreases, along with all other world-scale events going on, I don't see it lasting... I'm less neurotic when I have less things to distract and I can stand in a garden barefoot... I see everything is reaching a crescendo... and it may start to shake at the peak, more violently until things start falling to pieces. At least some aspects, anyways...
Roland wrote:I've been experiencing this phenomena more often lately, many times in a short period, especially with family during the holidays. Someone will ask me a question or say something to me. I will answer or start explaning something to them and I can see their attention drift off in the middle of me speaking.
I think this kind of behaviour is actually quite rude and should be challenged.
It depends on the circumstance I suppose, like how well I know the person or if it's even worth it. Usually, once I recognize there is no more listening, I will stop talking. Then wait, to see if there is a recovery, if they recognized that they stopped listening. Usually they will just start talking about something else... then I might interrupt, and say something like "I was actually saying something, but that's alright, go ahead".... or I just let it go.
"Seek truth in meditation, not moldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond."
- Persian proverb