I was lying in bed, sort of daydreaming – free-associating – and a cartoon I saw on facebook yesterday came into mind. One panel showed little kids of the 1980s in an outdoor scene, running around, playing. The other showed kids of 2012 in the same scene, all sitting under one of the trees, clicking away at whatever game or device each one was using.
First bounce: the kids in the 1980s scene looked supervised and tame next to my memories of our life in the 1950s.
Second bounce: whoever drew the scene (thinking it seems of the 1980s as paradise lost) probably had no idea of how life had been after the war, in the same way that we had had no idea of how free life had been before the war, and in frontier days, etc..
Third bounce: people tend to assume that the change is for the worst, and in a way of course it is. And yet, maybe not, for I often suspect that all this electronic-ization of our lives has a subtext unintended by anyone in the body. I suspect we are being prepared for the great change in which we will take the non-physical world for granted in the way prevous civilizations did, and yet in a new way.
Fourth bounce. What if we began to train ourselves to look at everything that happened, not as the result of chance, not as the result of some conspiracy, but as another tile in the great mosaic that is our lives? What if we began to see what is, rather than always trying to measure what we see against what we wish we were seeing? Not only would we probably be happier and less fearful, we might see a lot better, too.
Thought for the day. Season to taste. Individual mileage may vary.