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Obliviousness …

I suffer from this affliction; drives my wife crazy!  It generally happens when I’m watching TV, or as she describes it, I become the TV.  Now that football season is here, I probably won’t be “fully present” until March of 2019.

When you Google obliviousness, the worldwide interweb says it means:

unmindful; unconscious; unaware

Easy for the machines to say – they might just be the root cause of this common condition among us humans, true?  I mean, putting in ear buds and relaxing with our favorite internet music to decompress from the day’s trials and tribulations is one thing.  Texting on our smart phones while weaving through congested traffic on our way to work is something totally different.  The former is a conscious act of seeking unconsciousness to relieve stress.  The latter is an unmindful act of seeking death and destruction.

OK, OK, I suppose those texters are not truly seeking death and destruction – that’s just the potential result of their machine-induced, obliviousness, don’t you think?  I mean study after study is showing we are becoming addicted to our cellular devices – my wife would say we are becoming our cellular devices!

Let’s face it – obliviousness is growing like a weed.  But to be fair, it is not reflective of our true nature.  It simply shows how unaware we can (and are) becoming.  Take for instance my friend who is a flight attendant.  She told me about this incident that another flight attendant colleague of hers witnessed:

A flight attendant was responding to a medical emergency in flight.  A passenger was found not breathing and had no pulse. As her crewmates were preparing the AED (automated external defibrillator) and on the public address system, asking if there were any doctors on-board; a first class passenger pulled off her head phones for a moment not observing the commotion going on behind her to ask, “What about my hot tea”?  Without missing a beat the flight attendant replied, “Just let me get everyone breathing first”.

Monica

I’d say that first class passenger was suffering from an acute case of obliviousness, wouldn’t you?

With today’s modern technology accouterments, it is almost like we are becoming hermits.  Almost.  BTW, if you check a thesaurus on the word accouterments, you’ll find “trappings”. I digress – but the machines made me do it!

According to the Merriam-Webster.com dictionary (See, I’m also online while I’m writing this little ditty.  At least I’m not behind the wheel weaving in and out of traffic on the highway!) the word hermit means:

one that retires from society and lives in solitude especially for religious reasons: recluse

The online dictionary even goes on to offer “Recent examples of hermit from the Web” and this link: Why Digital Detox Won’t Solve All Your Problems.  I guess even Bloomberg is acknowledging the state of our obliviousness and offering suggestions favoring moderation.

I don’t think our technology-driven, hermit-like behavior is based on religious reasons, do you?  Although I suppose some might believe God is found on the internet.  I certainly hope we’re not all becoming digital hermits; recluses; uncaring toward our family, friends and neighbors.  I think we’re just suffering from a case of obliviousness.  We’re not using our devices these days; we’re becoming our devices!

I don’t know of a good remedy mind you.  You could consult the Google machine but I doubt we can count on those darn machines to help us stay away from those darn machines.  They probably believe they’re on a mission from God.

GAP

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