May 30, 2009

Life in the Fast Lane

"Life went and got itself in a big damn hurry" - Green Mile

Every day I look up into the vast sky and admire it's limitless boundaries.  More and more 
I see planes filling that big, blue sky.   Why do we need to go so fast?  How can there be people up so high in the air?  What are they flying from?  To me its just another way technology separates us from the world.  The less human interaction the more we lose.  Humans are inventing ways to separate themselves from the world.  With each invention we lose personal interaction and we lose part of ourselves.  The internet connects people but in the end it separates them more.  No longer is meeting and seeing people a necessity.  Now we can email, ichat, text, call, skype, facebook and now twitter.  This is not real, its an invention.  Nothing can take the place of spending time with someone face to face no matter its inconvenience.  Every time I see an airplane I think not about the time they are saving but the losses of our civilization.  With every avoided interaction we grow farther apart.  We become scared, annoyed and inconvenienced by future interaction.  The following quote by Ariel Durant rings through my ears everyday -  "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."  Technology is just a way to fill the gaps in life and give us a false sense of achievement.  Are we a better people than the ones who lived before us?  We should examine ourselves everyday for the benefit of humanity.  Travel should be slow.  You should stop and meet everyone along the way.  Think of all the things you might learn, all the people you may affect without knowing and the places you might have never seen.  Don't let technology bury you in debt both monetarily and personally.  There is a reason why so many people are on this earth - to love and share with one another through the good and bad.  

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Originally from Strongsville, OH, I spent 8 years in Raleigh, North Carolina and have since recently moved to Missoula, MT. I have been a runner all my life and have recently started pursuing ultra marathons. Any excuse to be outside and on the trails.