This morning my granddaughter texted me from school asking to be “signed out” and for a ride home. It took only a few minutes by text to confirm her mom’s okay and let her know that I was on my way. How cool is that?
It probably doesn’t seem extraordinary to anyone under 25 but the development of technology during my lifetime has given us many good outcomes. That ‘good’ news is currently overshadowed by a flood of bad news about the ‘evil’ perpetrated online. Who didn’t imagine a ‘downside’ to something that brought us so much good? It’s there. Let’s learn and adapt.
We mustn’t ignore the ‘bad’. Gosh, it’s scary to think about. But it seems complaining and outrage has overtaken the old philosophy of “live and learn”. Any innovation to solve problems doesn’t seem to ‘rule the day’. Doesn’t anyone remember “necessity is the mother of invention”? Most of what we call ‘progress’ was born from a problem that needed to be solved.
But there’s more to this morning’s tale…
My daughter gave us the ‘thumbs up’ on the dismissal but my son-in-law wasn’t told about it in the interest of time. Before my granddaughter and I got home, I stopped for a gallon of milk at a convenience store. While there, my granddaughter’s phone lit up with a message from Dad.
“What are you doing at a store? You’re supposed to be at school.”
Ahhh. I remember during the early days of cellphones imagining ways kids could mislead their parents about their location. [ We were once teenagers ourselves. You can’t possibly imagine that they wouldn’t find that loophole.]
But the necessity of parents to keep track of their kids encouraged them to ‘learn’ and caused the development of an app that would notify them of their child’s cellphone location. Genius! That innovation has endless potential in favor of safety.
Bad things can be tamed, even conquered, when we promote innovation. [That’s a large part of our American spirit.]
Why does it lately appear that we’re trending toward just ‘banning things’ as the go-to, inefficient, and lazy solution?
Didn’t we learn anything from Prohibition?
Seems like our society is taking a really bad turn. There’s a lot of ‘banning’ proposed. Even worse, there’s a clear movement toward simply indulging our problems rather than creating solutions to them. This widespread surrender of problem solving isn’t going to end well. I don’t even know where it came from.
A rise in homelessness? Give them tents.
A rise in drug abuse? Give them the tools to use.
A rise in single motherhood? Offer them abortions.
I didn’t intend for this to be what many might consider a “political” post. I don’t think it is at all. “Giving up” isn’t a political topic. It’s a tragedy for us all.
I can’t imagine why “live and learn” has been replaced with “whatever”.
So, I am asking, why has that philosophy gone missing?
Reena’s Xploration Challenge #256- Learning to Remember
The prompt is
Any word starting with Re
He first became interested in the man from a random introduction in a pop-up video.
One day, Devon would remember that as a fateful moment.
Devon instantly was hooked on that fascinating man’s videos, and somehow, he had been scheduled to be tonight’s guest lecturer!
Dev was about to witness thoughtfulness through impeccable logic, tremendous poise, and exploring brand-new angles on old ideas.
As he hurried to the event, he remembered the humbling first feelings he’d experienced from this speaker’s words. He’d had no idea what wisdom was until he’d listened to him.
Outside of the campus gymnasium, a large crowd of rowdy students blocked the entrance waving signs all with the word “FASCIST” in bloody red letters. Security was running back and forth frantically, and Devon heard police sirens getting closer. A loudspeaker chirped to life telling everyone, “Tonight’s lecture has been cancelled. Please return to your dorms.” in a monotonous loop.
Devon was crushed and confused. He hungered to hear more about Aristotle, William Shakespeare, and King Solomon who were only a few, of many geniuses, frequently quoted by his new mentor in the videos he’d consumed. Because of one outrageous act, the opportunity to see, and possibly meet, this man was gone!
Suddenly he felt compelled to head straight for the library. That extraordinary man had repeatedly proposed that “We all must remember classical wisdom.” on many occasions and not one of his college classes were the least bit interested in anything proposed by “old white men”. Every syllabus he’d gotten, to date, had said so.
Devon scowled and slumped in a chair for a while then he abruptly stood up, with his chin jutting out, and borrowed an armload of old texts. As he exited, he exuberantly shouted into the night,
“How might I remember things that I don’t know anything about?! “
That evening Devon K. Sapienti was about to embark on self-education. From there, he would acquire much knowledge worthy of remembering.
Moonwashed Weekly Challenge-resplendent- Collective Value Requires Individuals
-When she opened the door, Dorothy revealed the resplendent spectacle of Munchkin Land. –
This was cinematic genius and a commentary on the human capacity to appreciate beauty.
And, artists and poets, add resplendence to our existence.
Don’t let anyone tell you who is most ‘essential’ to your community or the world. We ALL are.
“All things in moderation. “
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