This is a great time to be alive in America. The average American has a better life than kings, queens, and pharaohs of the past. We are safer, live longer, are free to go where we want, and enjoy knowledge and experiences that would have astounded the world only a few decades ago.
One area that is encroaching on our freedom is the enticing addiction to the virtual world to the exclusion of the real, here and now world. More, and more, I walk through crowds of “zombies” stuck in their phones, tablets, music, and video. They are not really “here.” The inattention to life has begun to dominate our culture. Isolation from “real” family and friends is rapidly wearing down the social skills of our society members.
The siren attraction of the imaginations of others is sapping the development and practice of imagining for ourselves. Children need that development as they grow up. What kind of adults, parents, employees will people become if they have no experience of self-creation? What will our culture become when all we have is “copies” of the excellent ideas generated by a few “imagineers.”
Try doing without the virtual toys and tools you spend so much time with for 24 hours: No cell phones, tablets, pc’s, internet, cable tv, DVD’s or other electronics. You will quickly find out what you have been missing, such as talking with your family, reading books, playing musical instruments, inventing things, fixing things, learning things, eating with people who are present and making conversation about your life and the people you love.
We had to fight for our independence as we started this nation. Now is a good time to exercise total freedom from the seductive draw of virtual opioids.