What would we do without our great technology?? Would we become better “people”? Have we lost the art of interpersonal communications. I talk a lot about emotional literacy. It is a real reason people just don’t get me I guess. It is only gained from experiencing emotions from interactions with others. REAL Interactions… real Discourse. Something that people do not know how to do. The ability to disagree in an agreeable way. The ability to agree to disagree…. but that sharing of different opinions is like traveling the world. WE LEARN. How you think is different from others and how others think is different from you… I am the strangest bird of all because I never run away from a healthy exchange of ideas no matter how esoteric they may seem… I encourage you to do the same.. to grow beyond your confines… to fly like I know you can and to have adventure that others cannot even dream of because of their myopia… are you willing?
You need to watch this:
I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely. I speak
to all of them everyday, yet
none of them really know me.
The problem I have sits in the spaces between, looking into their eyes, or at a name on a
I took a step back and opened my eyes, I looked around and realised
that this media we call social is anything but
when we open our computers and it’s our doors
All this technology we have it’s just an illusion,
of community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
yet when you step away from this device of delusion,
you awaken to see a world of confusion.
A world where we’re slaves to the technology
where our information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard.
A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion,
where we all share our best bits but
leave out the emotion.
We’re at our most happy with an experience
but is it the same if no one is there.
Be there for your friends and they’ll be there too
but no one will be if a group message will do.
We edit and exaggerate, we crave adulation.
We pretend not to notice the social isolation.
We put our words into order until our lives are glistening,
we don’t even know if anyone is listening!
Being alone isn’t the problem, let me just
if you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise,
you are being productive, and present,
not reserved and recluse,
you’re being awake and attentive, and putting your time to good use.
So when you’re in public, and you start to
put your hands behind your head, step away from the phone.
You don’t need to stare at your menu, or at
just talk to one another, learn to coexist.
I can’t stand to hear the silence, of a busy commuter train,
where no one wants to talk for the fear of
We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
to engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes.
We’re surrounded by children, who since they were born,
have watched us living like robots, and think it’s the norm.
It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s
if you can’t entertain a child without using an iPad.
When I was a child, I’d never be home. I’d be
out with my friends,
on our bikes we would roam. I’d wear holes in my trainers and graze
up my knees. We’d build our own clubhouse,
high up in the trees.
Now the parks are so quiet, it gives me a chill
to see no children outside and the swings
There’s no skipping no hopscotch, no church and no steeple.
We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones
So look up from your phone, shut down that display.
Take in your surroundings, make the most of today.
Just one real connection is all it can take
to show you the difference that being there can make.
Be there in the moment that she gives you the look,
that you remember forever, as when love overtook.
The time she first held your hand, or first kissed your lips,
the time you first disagree, but still love
The time you don’t have to tell to hundreds
of what you’ve just done
because you want to share this moment with just this one.
The time you sell your computer so you can
for the girl of your dreams who is now the real thing.
The time you want to start a family and the
you first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again.
The times she keeps you up at night and all
and the time you wipe away the tears as
your baby flees the nest.
The time your baby girl returns
with a boy for you to hold
and the time he calls you granddad
makes you feel real old.
The time you take in all you’ve made
just by giving life attention
and how you’re glad you didn’t waste it
by looking down at some invention.
The time you hold your wife’s hand
sit down beside her bed
you tell her that you love her
and lay a kiss upon her head.
She then whispers to you quietly
as her heart gives a final beat
that she’s lucky she got stopped
by that lost boy in the street.
But none of these times ever happened
you never had any of this
when you’re too busy looking down
you don’t see the chances you miss.
So look up from your phone, shut up those displays
we have a finite existence a set number of
Don’t waste your life getting caught in the net
as when the end comes nothing’s worse than
I am guilty too of being part of this machine,
in this digital world, where we’re heard but not seen,
where we type as we talk and we read as we chat,
where we spend hours together without making
So don’t give into a life when you follow the hype.
Give people your love don’t give them your
Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
go out into the world, leave distractions behind.
Look up from your phone, shutdown that display,
stop watching this video, live life the real way.
Can you feel what he said?? I hope so.
Hope you are well kiddo…. be well.