Jewish Journal


March 23, 2010

“Momentary Pleasure”


We have become a world filled with the expectations of getting all that we want in a moment.  Recently I spent the day with an eighty seven year old World War 2 vet. He had no idea what text messaging or internet was at all.  He thinks the world still operates on rotary telephones and fax machines. This conversation could have potentially jolted me back into thinking our new way of communicating is sick, disturbing, and may need an elderly’s perspective to get ourselves on track again.  At least that’s what I was hoping for. 

“You mean all you have to do to communicate with someone is push a button, and they instantaneously receive your message?” 

“Yes,”  I said. 

“And does everyone do this?”

“Yes,” I said.

To which he responded:

“You know, what ever happened to the good old days when you bumped into someone and said hello, how are you? Everyone’s forgetting how to talk to each other. We’ve become a people who can’t handle ourselves in social situations.”

“Yes,” I said.

“Do you have one of these devices?”

“Yes,” I said.

He then shook his head looking disappointed in humanity.  Clearly perplexed by this sick instantaneous pleasure our younger generation has become accustomed to- he replied:

“Can you get me one?”



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