Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I must admit that even though I spent a good part of the day evaluating and grading homework essays and discussion board posts from my 6 + online classes it was a relatively relaxing and quiet day. The college was closed for Martin Luther King day and I was able to work at my own pace. It struck me how incredibly BUSY we are in this post-modern secular culture. How many people these days can step back and truly take a break from the constant demands of their jobs, families, friends and social (church) commitments. Has technology been a gift or a curse? There’s no doubt I work much harder now than I did 10 – 15 years ago before e-mail, cell phones, internet, instant messaging, voice mail, etc. I’m not sure why this is. Many other people tell me the same thing. I’m not sure if my quality of life has improved because of advances in technology. Sometimes I think I’m just spinning my wheels answering (or deleting) the countless e-mails I get. Sure…there is a lot of good things to be said for all the new ways we have to communicate to one another, BUT with that said, are we really communicating effectively or is it just a bunch of distracting noise that keeps us from living calmer, quieter, peaceful lives?
As I get older I want more peace and quite in my life. Less noise, chatter and chaos. It’s so easy to get caught up in the incredibly fast pace of modern American society. Personally I want to figure out ways to escape the constant noise of it all. There is something to be said about just sitting and being quite and listening to the gentle “voice ” within.
Food for thought this very cold Monday evening….