Last night Israel and I were discussing whether we could survive without our phones. (I just got an iPhone. Hello, instagram!) He read an article about how we’re losing our ability to do simple math and remember directions for ourselves.
Even more, we’re losing the ability to experience something real! I linked to this Louis C.K. clip before, but I really think you should watch it— both hilarious and profound. (“Make you feel dangerous but also safe.” Name that movie.)
I love what he says about watching the fireworks all around you through a three inch screen. Also, though theologically questionable, I may make it a new devotional practice to visualize Jesus saying, “Can you just look at me for a second?” during my times of neurotic stress.
Not a new problem, by the way:
The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion but not of stillness …
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
-T.S. Eliot, 1934 (via The Park Forum)