I recently asked someone, “When was the last time you looked at the stars?” That person couldn’t answer me. Maybe it was too foggy lately to see them, but I believe it’s because it had been so long since the person looked up, they couldn’t remember.
People don’t look at the bigger realm overhead. They don’t look at the smaller realm right in front of them: a blade of grass, the petal as it falls off a rose, a ladybug. Or ants. How fascinating and smart are ants? And the language of bees!
I find them all fascinating.
People either ignore the minutia of everyday life or the big expanse of the world. How many people still watch clouds? Or measure the progress of the garden?
People forget the beauty of the small parts of nature and the bigger parts.
Special effects, television, the “realism” of games — people forget those things aren’t actually REAL.
Nature has more to offer and more interesting stories than anything.
Even Einstein believed that. Even before he knew iPads existed, he knew that this could be the destruction of the human race. Although the Einstein quote I first thought of, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots” is now known NOT to have been said by him, something else he actually said is equally relevant:
“Two things inspire me to awe — the starry heavens above and the moral universe within.”
We’ve lost the ability to listen, really listen to beautiful music. To talk to each other. To eat real food. We’re losing our ability to use language. We’re losing our ability to taste and smell food.
So many people don’t cook anymore. Fast food is prevalent. Food is developed in labs with sugar and salt to appeal to consumers, covering actual tastes. Our food is killing us.
It’s not just one aspect — all of these sensory elements that we’re losing are interconnected. All five senses are being numbed by the “realism” of technology. People put blinders on. They don’t wan’t to know the reality of what’s going on. T
As intelligent human beings, it’s up to us to look for the truth, not just accept what we’re told and given. People don’t want to look behind the curtain, but we have to.
I noticed at the tent sale, kids waited outside as their mothers, aunts, sisters shopped. None of them looked up. Or out. Their heads were down, staring at the phone. Their thumbs clicked. They were isolated.
Don’t forget to LOOK UP!
There’s a beautiful world out there.