Friday, April 25, 2008

FRIDAY FIVE: Old vs. Modern (Postmodern?)

Singing Owl writes:
"Yesterday I had two separate conversations in which people were musing about how much change is occurring. The WW II generation, of which my mom is a part, went from horse and buggy to automobiles, saw the lessening, or even the end of many diseases, went from widespread use of kerosene lamps and outhouses (in the country, and most folks were rural)) to a totally electrified and plumbed society. The fastest means of communication was a telegraph. The second conversation--gulp--was about MY generation and how much change occurred in the last half of the 20th century. The person said his 13 year old had not seen a vinyl record album until a few days before, couldn't remember a time without cell phones, and on and on."

As for the questions!

1. What modern convenience/invention could you absolutely, positively not live

Indoor plumbing.

2. What modern convenience/invention do you wish had never seen the light of day?

The internet. Which seems hypocritical since I am on it all the time. But I believe there is a better way than the internet that does not physically disconnect us so profoundly from our each other and our planet. There's a huge price for this technology that has yet to be served up in a bill. And none of us is gonna wanna pay.

(EDIT: Now, with all my kvetching and prognosticating over the dire consequences of plastic pollution, I oughtta have said plastic. But I said the internet. *shakes head at self* I got a lot more work to do here....)

3. Do you own a music-playing device older than a CD player? More than one? If
so, do you use it (them)?

Now I'll do this right: YES! I have a turntable and a tape player and I use them occasionally. I use the CD player mostly. And the radio. And cannot deal with an iPod.

4. Do you find the rapid change in our world exciting, scary, a mix...or something

I find it happening without thoughtful regard. Certainly without thought to God and his word. And it scares the bejabbers outta me.

5. What did our forebears have that we have lost and you'd like to regain? Bonus
points if you have a suggestion of how to begin that process.

They had far more time to think over and regard each issue and each person they met. They were deeper thinkers and feelers than we are. How to begin then would be more "how to regain". I believe that if we stop and look at this and then take each moment of our days and ask "What different choice can I make that will lead down a road of connection and healing?" and then make that choice, we can start back to that other road.


Sally said...

I like your thoughts on the internet, it does seem to have the possibility to be a blessing and a curse doesn't it.

RevAnne said...

Love your emphasis on connectedness. That's really about us, isn't it? And very pomo of you. Great play.

Singing Owl said...

I think I agree with every word you said. And I admit, I am scared.

chartreuseova said...

On a TV Earth Day show, some expert said plastic is the thing we've created to last pretty much last forever and yet we use it for those things we only use for a few minutes and then throw away.

That's so obviously stupid, but I'd never thought of that before.

Barbara B. said...

The internet? Say it ain't so! :)

Wyldth1ng said...

indoor plumbing is really going back a ways font you think?

Diane said...

I thought of indoor plumbing because my mother was recently telling us what it was like on the farm growing up without it. esp. in the winter!!!

and we are less attentive to one another, aren'twe??? as in #5

Anonymous said...

Great play, esp #5...I wish I had more time. That's certainly a scarce commodity today, which is pretty ironic given all our "time-saving" technology.

Jan said...

Since I didn't have indoor plumbing that worked when I was in Zambia, I'd agree that it's great.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

lurked earlier & read. just stoppin' by to say hi - a late night distraction as i try to connect with folks (since my household has long been asleep) and a delightful distraction from writing a sermon that is nowhere close to being cohesive...