Yesterday I was talking about how knitting and crochet calm the soul. As you can see from the photo (excuse the chins!) I am more inclined to be waylaid by technology. And even more so now that I have been given a new shiny bit of kit. (That was the real highlight of the Birthday Month.) I’ll leave you to guess what it is, but can tell you that I am not referring to the iphone I am using in the photo with such concentration.
What does instant communication and instant gratification for knowledge mean in the context of the modern world? Those of us who are internet savvy, tend to expect to know what is going on all over the world. We even expect to know what people around the world think of, and how they react to current events. It’s true to say that the internet has played a huge part in spreading the word about the possibilities for revolution and demonstrations for greater democracy. But what toll does that take on our human brains? Or is it the case that we adjust to the faster pace of life and communication?
Some older people are coming to the end of their patience with internet gadgetry. I haven’t reached there myself yet, in fact, I am still a sucker for sleek, shiny toys. It does worry me a bit that people who shut down over progress will be left with less of a voice. However, my own reaction is to slow down sometimes and see the grass, watch the birds and smell the seductive scent of spring…….. terrible alliteration there – that’s what happens when I gaze out of the window instead of at the screen.
Yes – the spring really is here, and I might just indulge in some blending with nature.