Going Back to Simpler Times
By SadhviSez on December 04, 2013
Getting older is turning out to be more interesting than I thought it would be. I'm even calling myself an old crone sometimes, just for fun, so I can start to realize that I'm not the young Sadhvi that I tend to think I still am! It also makes me feel wise.
If I am going to be alive this long, I will have more things that I've seen than someone who is 20. Simple math, I know. And that also means that some things that are around don't really ring my bell, so to say.
I'm all right if you want to pay lots of money for those things. But if you talk about how much you love your new iPhone, for instance, and that love rant goes on for more than a minute or so, I will probably have to say something like how weird is it to LOVE your new gadget!
We've been watching the Tintin cartoon series lately to wind down at the end of our day. The animation is really neat, and they are always exciting to watch.
Tintin is a super hero who goes to different places all over the world to rid the planet of bad people.
And he does it without a computer, a smart phone, texting, having a GPS or being hooked up to social media - my type of hero!
While going through a stack of magazine, I came across an old Vanity Fair magazine from August 2011. While flipping through the pages, a black and white photo of Joseph Heller sitting in his NYC office with his feet on his desk struck me as something that looked funny, like something was out of place.
Then I realized there is no computer, smart phone, iPad, or laptop anywhere around in that photo, just a typewriter with a piece of paper in it, a rotary dial phone, and some pens and pencils in a round holder. Joseph Heller wrote the novel Catch-22 back in 1961, which according to many is one of the greatest anti-war books ever written. Maybe you remember it?
While I was only a small child in 1961, I do remember the movie. I've also used a typewriter like the one in the photo a lot, and had a rotary dial phone inthe house that I grew up in (where the cord can reach across the room with the phone base not moving an inch!).
I even own one today and it's in my office.
Looking at that photo made me see how far the whole industry has come. And how expensive these new technologial "wonders" cost to buy, and how the companies who make them have suceeded through colors and marketing that we can't live without them.
But I've started to notice people of all ages say that they are just not into all of it any more. Maybe the pendulum is moving back to simpler times?
I've heard young people say that they are going back to a flip-phone, because the smartphones feel too crazy on their heads.
Or that they hate FaceBook, and don't ever use it.
Or take the woman the chestnut stand the other day -- after we chatted briefly, she laughed and said how nice it was to connect, and not with FB. I asked her if she was addicted to FB and she said she used to be, but not anymore; she doesn't want to "like" of "share" what is going on with her life. She wants to just live it.
You might wonder why I post for this blog, since it is sharing. Good question: the only reason is that I send this out to friends and family, and it's my way of staying in touch with them.
The idea that Oprah or HuffPost would contact us to be the voices of our generation have long dropped away. We, including me, just like to write.