Imagine that George Orwell wrote this quote over 30 years ago and it rings true today. Have you ever gone to a restaurant and seen a family of four all on their iPhones. It begs the question – ” why bother “. According to Mediapost, some 92% of children have a digital footprint by the age of two, and now, most adults believe digital technology and the Internet are ruining childhood, according to Havas Worldwide’s “New Dynamics of Family” report. One in three adults say technology is destroying family life, and half believe that allowing a child unrestricted access to the Internet is a form of child abuse.
What about relationships? How many relationships have been ruined because of one partners addiction to technology? According to Psychology Today, The Internet is an amazing tool. But even as it’s shrunk the world and brought us closer together, it’s threatened to push us further apart. Like any useful tool, to make technology serve us well requires the exercise of good judgment. For whatever reason, the restraints that stop most of us from blurting out things in public we know we shouldn’t seem far weaker when our mode of communication is typing. Unfortunately, typed messages often wound even more gravely, while electronic messages of remorse paradoxically have little power to heal. Perhaps we just don’t think such messages have the same power to harm as when we we say them in person. Perhaps in the heat of the moment without another’s physical presence to hold us back, we just don’t care. Whatever the reason, it’s clearly far easier for us to be meaner to one another online. Let’s try not to be.
This quote hit me like a ton of bricks as it is absolutely spot on. If you were to look at your life one year ago and today, how different would it be? Hence the reason to appreciate what we have, especially if you have lost a loved one in the past year. Make sure to spend time with your family and friends. At the end of the day, this is the essence of life. My late father was in the hospital for 77 days before he died in 2006, and I visited him wide a day for 76 days and believe it or not, I regret the one day I did not visit him. And I would give anything in the world to see him again. My grandfather was in the Father Dowd home and I worked at CFCF TV on Ogilvy Avenue; not that far away. I regret not visiting him more often. Think about it.
CNN has become an embarrassment to the world of professional journalism. Whether of not you like Donald Trump is irrelevant. I had to stop watching CNN because the broadcasters are so skewed to the left that they are both confrontational and rude. One of the reasons that Donald Trump won the election is simply because that is all that CNN focused on, so whether or not the coverage was positive, all the viewers heard about is Donald. And oh by the way, not everything is ‘ breaking news ” I have now resorted to watching FOX for my American news coverage which is a pretty sad statement.
Let’s finish on a positive note. If I had to make a Top 10 list of what’s important, money would not make the list. Certainly, inner peace would be first followed by . . .
- Peace of mind
- Helping others
- Life / work balance