Have you ever noticed that people today just want more of everything? They want bigger houses, new cars, the latest gadget, etc. It seems people today are never satisfied and always want more and more.
What happened to the days when you bought something, new or used, and kept it forever? What about the days when people were contempt with spending time with family and friends rather than spending their entire evening staring at a screen? What happened to the days when people turned off the TV while eating dinner and actually having a conversation? My wife and I spoke about this last night.
Care to know how we spend our dinners? We set the table, turn off the TV, sit down, say a prayer, eat dinner and converse about our day or other topics that come up. You know what else? That’s my favorite part of the day.
In a world in which life has sped up to nearly light speed, it’s nice to be able to sit down and relax and just let the world go by. Remember those days?
I remember my grandfather had an old John Deere tractor that he refused to part with. I don’t know if he bought it new or used, but I do remember replacing hoses and tires, replacing bearings in the PTO (Power Take-Off), rebuilding and replacing parts of the engine as they wore out, and so on.
Now days, I enjoy being out in the garden, having a beer or two in front of the fire on a cool night, sitting on the couch with my family watching TV. Hopefully, it’s not a TV program that pushes the envelope on decency while my 3 year-old is watching.
I actually look forward to a day when the world will slow down and people can get back to being human, rather than just gears in a machine.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with technology, but we shouldn’t let it rule our lives. I noticed the other day how much of a stranglehold my smartphone has on me when I woke up and the first thing I did was look for my phone. It fell into my couch and I spent a couple of hours, off and on, looking for it.
What about when your children get up early and immediately go for that iPad? I’d rather see them get up and get breakfast and want to go outside and play than look for some mind-numbing electronic device.
The American society has turned into an entitlement society for many and a “me, me, me” one for others. Our fixation on wanting more, whether worked for or not, has led us down a dangerous path. We’ve let ourselves become drones for a government that has become nothing more than a bunch of self-serving children playing politics and living a lavish lifestyle on the backs of those they supposedly represent.
When’s the last time you noticed someone in Washington doing something truly worthwhile? Half of those people are so wired into their fast-paced life of meetings and campaigning that they’ve lost touch with the reality that faces us as a society. There are a few exceptions to that rule, though. Rand Paul, James Lankford, Tom Coburn, are Ted Cruz among the exceptions.
You see it on the streets, in restaurants, even at church. Go out to a pizza joint and sit down and just watch; you’re bound to see a group of teens walk in and order a pizza and chat a bit, but for the most part they’ll have their faces buried in their phones, iPads, or other electronic device they just got. I’ve seen people in church, kids and adults, working their thumbs out playing with their phones. I’m guessing they have the wrong idea of what church is.
People always want more. They want more toys, more info, more ways of getting info, more risqué television, more violence in their shows and movies, more money, more everything! The slavery to the almighty cell phone or tablet is killing us as a people.
Apps for the iPhone and Android invade our privacy and fill our heads with useless stuff, yet our addiction keeps us going on. It’s almost a trade-off, they give you Angry Birds and Word With Friends and you tell them where you are, where you’re going, and what you’re buying without ever opening your mouth. The worse part is that people are ok with this. What about having some privacy and not having to worry about who’s watching your purchases and movements?
It seems to me that people will sell their soul for a taste of luxury. They’ll go from being an innocent kid to an arrogant punk with a monkey locked up in quarantine as the fast pace of their lives become faster and faster only to be more dominated by the dollar. Look at Justin Bieber. He’s now an embarrassment to Canada, he’s a douche bag kid who’s let fame and fortune go to his head. Lindsey Lohan is the same thing.
It’s not just those two people, or just celebrities that this happens to. Anyone can fall into this trap. They spend so much time chasing the dollar, playing with their smartphones, and trying to get more of everything that they lose sight of what’s truly important in life.
Family, friends, a social network that doesn’t include Facebook or Twitter; those are things that are important. Having a soul and doing the right thing without regard to politics, status, or who’s watching is what’s important. Remembering that your first allegiance goes to God, family, and country before politics, nifty new gadgets, and the latest scoop on some idiot who does nothing worthwhile for society. Be independent in thought and make your own decisions. Who cares what the neighbor thinks about your car or choices in life?
Step back and take a good long look at what’s truly important to you and keep it that way.