Friday, June 4, 2010

Lines of communication




I love my iPod and computer and email and google buzz and all those social instant networks with equal passion to how much I hate them. They do allow instant and easy communication and supposedly connect us all with the touch of a button. But I suspect something is being sacrificed.

I remember reading John Adams' biography and being a tad horrified by him sending John Jr across the Atlantic and not hearing from him for nearly a year. Jr.'s folks didn't even know for months whether his ship had made it safely across. I certainly don't want to return to those days but I wonder if the easy availability of connecting with others in such an impersonal way nowadays makes us value it less, and paradoxically lose touch with how to really communicate.

I read an article yesterday that one of the key essentials to happiness is deep heartfelt conversation with others. Not just small talk or sharing anecdotes but meaningful discussion with those we love. Yet how many of us have our longest discussions via wireless touchpads? Yep....guilty.

I love the TV commercial of the dad grilling hotdogs, who glances in his home to see his children all engaged in various electronic media. He shuts off power to the house and they all gather together, eat hotdogs, and talk. With their mouths and tongues.. Not with the miracles of technology bit with the miracle of speech God gave us.

I am not about to throw away my iPod. Pandora refuses to get back in the box. However I think it night be time for a family camping trip. I will text them all right now to tell them.

2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying on your behalf: I am filled with comfort, I overflow with joy in all our affliction.

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