I was just catching up on my blog subscriptions this morning. It seems a doctor won some kind of award for his blog on sperm cell competition in chickens. He even has a Ted Talks video about it. It always amazes me how we all look at the same things, but see something different. The internet has teamed up with the invention of cellular phones, (and social sites), to transform us all into modern day cyber zombies. People travel the world in the palm of their hand. One eye’s on the world, one’s changing stations, and and one’s changing lanes…oh that’s three… but when gazed upon by another commuter, (even as they juggle the buttons and knobs), they’ll still manage a peek at themselves in the mirror… and drive right off the road … not just once mind you, but several times a day.
With all this time saving technology, seems like we would have a little more of it. There seems to be no time to spend on ourselves. While I’m not in the least bit envious of the Nobel prize winner, that brought long awaited peace to the great chicken sperm cell conflict; (I need a new job), it does beg for contemplation.
Hmmm…Oh, the kids are up. Excuse me while I zap-fry their breakfast. It will only take a minute in the microwave.
Okay, I’m back. Almost got hung up reading the directions. “Remove pastry from wrapper. Place pastry in toaster”. Really? Has it come to this? While we’re staring at our 3×5 inch window to the world, seems a gap is forming in the cracks of reason. Our minds are literally being transformed into implements of non-notice ability. We no longer notice the other cyber zombies. We think we’re all different, but we’re almost exactly the same. There’s one over there, shopping for a new phone (his is “waaay too slow”). There’s another one, digging in the trash. They both seem to be equally thrilled about the new “thing” they have; and judging by the looks on their faces, I’d say they are.
Speaking of chickens; a friend of mine once told me that people were like chickens. He said “a chicken comes by with a bug in it’s mouth, and all the other chickens follow it around….until they see another chicken, with another bug…then they’ll follow that one”. I think about that every time I pass a McDonald’s. I see all the cars in line at the drive through, and can’t help but wonder if they realize they’re living the same day over and over. Well, enough of this. This is depressing, and hey, It’s Christmas!
We’re all modern day cyber-zombies, practicing ‘the art of disassociation’. It’s a good thing we have Christmas. It’s the one time of year we can re-associate ourselves with family and friends. We can spend time with our kids, and just enjoy life the way it used to be, before we got so smart. Before these time saving machines came along. Once a year we’re resurrected from our zombie walk, and feel like we did when we were children. Aahhh, isn’t it wonderful? So I would just like to rob the powers that be, and steal enough time to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a wonderful new year. Enjoy the holidays, after all, that’s what they’re for. And go easy on the brains 🙂