Friday, July 07, 2006

How Far is Too Far?

Are we experiencing our lives, or are we recording it on CDs, DVDs, and digital cameras to look at later? When is it time to stop looking through a lens and just be in the now? Because, ultimately, we only have the now. When we look at it later, it can serve as a memory of the experience, but it doesn't replace the experience itself. Some recording may seem necessary to document: a trip, an event, or a milestone occasion. But what is the use of endless hours of video tapes and boxes or computer files full of photos? There must be a balance to achieve in there somewhere, I just have to find it.

Don't get me wrong, I love technology. I enjoy using electronic gadgets for calls, organization, music, photos, video, and surfing the web. I wonder if at some time in the future we will be able to look back at this time and see how far we have come. Already I have seen records, 8-tracks, and cassette tapes all but fade away. Generations of computers and other electronics have progressed in format and capability in such a short time. I don't know how we would be able to live in today's world without cell phones, cordless phones, and email. There is a vastness with technology that can swallow you up, or you can realize which tools are most valuable or necessary in your life, and choose those specifically.


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