Archive for February, 2010

The Future

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2010 by stevelifecoach

I think you remember as well as I do the vision of the future that was presented to us from a very early age. After all, I think it was the same vision, more or less, since the World’s Fair of 1939 when it was all considered a matter of comfort and convenience. It was the same vision described thirty years later in more sinister terms in Zane and Evans’ song “In the Year 2525.” It’s roughly the same in any science fiction flick, with the exception of those with an apocalyptic vision and in that case, you may be washing your own underwear in creek with a rock in a few years.

However, the image of the future we are most presented with is one in which high technology will take over and run our lives. Everything will operate as fast as that technology can make it run. Artificial intelligence will become our babysitters. We will all get to sit around on our asses, hooked up to wires, and stair blankly into monitors. We will have very little interpersonal contact as we talk to each other on transmitter/receiver devices. Our food will come to us ready-made in little boxes and we will listen to news reports of genetic engineering and a war with no clear exit strategy. The government will lie to us repeatedly through video machines and we will fiercely defend our great leader, no matter how corrupt or incompetent with smiles on our faces–a result of medication readily distributed to keep us happy when we’re down.

By all indications, that world, a cross between The Jetson’s and George Orwell’s 1984, has already arrived. Sure, we’re not flying through the air in shiny hovercrafts, but if we only look at how most people handle an ordinary car, we should be thankful they aren’t in the sky or we’d all be dodging shrapnel. Now if only we could think of some clever uses for our aging population a la Soylent Green, we’d save so much on health care. The way things have been going we should just cut everyone off at thirty a la Logan’s Run. In our current culture, if you are over thirty, you might as well be dead anyway.

Scientists claim we are far away from ever creating a computer like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, a computer that’s dangerously smarter than we are. Yet, about half of all college students in any class can’t finish writing a paper without a spelling or grammar checker, even though the grammar checker is wrong more often than not and the spell checker doesn’t understand homophones. I can’t think of anything more dangerous.

There has been no Andromeda Strain as yet, but for the last few years we have been kept in a continual panic over one possible pandemic or another, be it mad cow disease or bird flu and, of course, they’ve kept AIDS dangling over our heads for thirty years now. We have also seen a recent spate of deaths at theme parks. Disneyworld becomes Westworld for the kiddies. And with everything we’ve been finding trapped in amber, can a Jurassic Park be far behind?

I, myself, am almost entirely technologically illiterate and I feel very comfortable with that. I like actually buying CDs. I like the feel and smell of music. I like having liner notes to read. All I want to know about my computer is how to run the programs I need everyday and how to defrag it after I delete a lot of useless crap. That’s enough for me. I don’t care for cell phones. I get somewhat skittish when a lone stranger walks up behind me, starts up with, “Hi, how have you been? Finally caught you!” and its not directed at anyone in the room. Kind of unsettling, you know. Nevertheless, as time goes on, I increasingly feel that I need to catch up, at least a little bit. I’ve already been accused of being an inconvenient for others. Jeez. Come on…. “Jane, stop this crazy thing!”

True Love

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2010 by stevelifecoach

I am a romantic and for that I will never be ashamed or apologize. True love is that for which we should fight. If this were not true, then there would be no poetry, no romance novels, no tales of chivalrous knights on quests. I love and therefore I live. Love which catches us spellbound and leaves us breathless should never die. To let true love die is the ultimate shame and an insult to God.

A true love is that which begins with overwhelming feeling and then continues long after all the telltale signs of infatuation have passed. This is why fighting to save love is often so necessary. We are often too immature to be able to continue to love past end of the breathlessness, yet we wish love to last to the end of our lives. Many of us abandon love after the fluttering hearts and flowers have seemed to have disappeared, instead of remembering that they are always there to call back at any moment.

Falling in love is not a game for youth, but a life-long process of maturation. To find that we love someone is to discover truth, to learn trust, and to realize what is valuable in ourselves.