What had once been life’s quiet moments of solitary reflection — a few minutes alone on a bus, or walking to work, or waiting for an appointment — now felt unbearable, and people impulsively reached for their phones, their ear buds, and their games, unable to fight the addictive pull of technology. Dan Brown, Origin.
I don’t want to feel like an old foggy by complaining about what Brown describes so well, and we witness every day. For the truth is that the phenomena of addiction to electronics is as much our fault as the technology makers and the young people who are so addicted.
My yoga teacher specializes in teaching children’s yoga. (Maybe, that’s why we get along so well.). She describes her students at first as having a hard time with sitting still and meditation, but she says with a lot of patience, the children learn and ultimately grow to love their time without electronics.
Longtime readers of the Pew may remember how I used to write about riding the bus in DC and how special that time of solitude and observation was for me. But have I tried to teach others about “life’s quiet moments.” Not well enough.
If you or I want to complain about electronic addiction, we have an obligation to instruct on the benefits of “life’s quiet moments.”
The wisdom you acquire with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it. –– Esther Williams