Tag Archive | common sense

Being Connected

technology-solutionLast night I watched the commercials more carefully than most nights. Usually, I let them pass before my eyes and not allow them into my head, but I became intrigued with the Windows 8 commercial. As most of you know, this software allows people to connect all of the electronic paraphernalia together, so the user can be “connected” at all times.

Hmmm .  . . I wonder just how connected people really are these days.

It seems to me that “being connected” has nothing to do with physical human interaction. This bothers me. I realize I’m showing my age here, but tough. Maybe the young people building this kind of software need to realize they are actually building walls around themselves, and the only interaction with another real human needs a machine to facilitate it.

I long for the days when kids could gather in the park and not have their parent’s worry that some boogie man would come along and snatch them. I wish kids could go for a bike ride with each other and not have to be concerned with a hurried motorist mowing them down. I long for the days when neighbors knew each other and helped each other. I long for coffee clutches with my girlfriend next door. Why did all of these fears come to pass? Instant communication which is possible by technology which connects us. Be serious. Every night the news media scares us all to death. If a murder didn’t happen that day in our own community, they dredge one up in Timbuktu. Really? We need to know this? I think not.

This post is a vendetta against technology. It is a rant about how the wonderful capabilities of technology is used. I love my laptop. I am entertained by my HD television. I have an wireless printer, for godsakes. If I could afford a smart phone, I’d have one of those too. I just wish we all could take a step back from technology and realize it is not the be-all and end-all of existence. Keep your  Iphone on vibrate when your visiting with friends. Lock away the tablets and computers for a couple of hours and go out an play or take a walk in the woods.

We need to find the balance, and so far, we’re not there.

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Soap Box

This week the legislators in Washington are arguing about gun control. Republicans planned to filibuster to prevent a vote on the bill before Congress. And this morning I’m watching the news, and the first three stories are about assaults with GUNS. Tonight I will watch the news, and I would bet my life there will be more stories about shootings. Have we become so numb in this country that these stories don’t affect people any more? It seems to be the only answer to such ridiculous violence.

I admit right now I’ve always been afraid of guns. I’ve never even touched one. I’m probably in the minority, but I don’t need to fire a gun to feel powerful. So, to me this “fight” over assault weapons and smaller bullet clips seems ridiculous to me.

When the right to bear arms was put into the Constitution, it was at a time when people needed guns to survive. They had to hunt deer, rabbits, and other animals if they wanted to eat. We don’t have to do that any more—we just drive to the grocery store and head to the meat department.

Furthermore, the guns our forefathers used were muskets. These guns took LOTS of time to load and fire ONCE.

Assault weapons can fire up to fifty bullets in a matter of minutes. Think about this, the massacre at Sandy Hook School all happened in FIVE minutes. The end result was the death of 20 innocent children and 6 teachers. I think if the forefathers of our country could have had the foresight that such guns would ever exist they would have thought about gun control.

I know gun lovers believe if their right to buy certain guns is curtailed, the government might take control with bigger, better weapons. But isn’t that true already? Couldn’t the military take over with such weapons now if it wanted to?  I saw a story this week about a laser gun that has just been put on a navy ship. Another argument of NRA is if  more stringent laws for registration are mandated, their privacy will be invaded. Really? Privacy? Wake up, people. There’s no such thing any more! Just go on Facebook or apply for a loan, and your life is an open book.

Come on folks. If you want to own a gun for hunting or home protection, fine. But no one needs an assault weapon. Has common sense completely evaporated? I just don’t get why this is such a big deal when so many innocents have been taken. All you have to do is look into the eyes of those little first graders who won’t have a chance to grow up, and you’ll know what needs to be done. Go on. I dare you. Look into their little eyes.