Our lack of connections these days is caused by our consumerism and materialism, based on a strong capitalist system which evidently reduces connections, As I sat down to think then my mind travelled down memory lane and I remembered how messages were conveyed in the past.
In the village setting, a town crier who is seen and heard by the villagers delivered the messages from the palace; a child is sent to deliver messages to relatives and friends by the parents or the parent paid a visit to the relative or friend to deliver message personally. In this act everyone knew everybody by name. Therefore there was that communal love and connections which they shared among another. As a little boy, my father would send me on errands to deliver messages to his family friends, relatives and neighbour on daily basis, Alas my elder brothers were not exempted from this. It was not as if we enjoyed those errands but those back and forth errands helped us to be connected to our relatives, friends and neighbours. My father sometimes tease ours by saying those errands is also a means of excising the body.
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Imagine some young boys and girls who doesn’t knows they have relatives in the villages, let alone knowing their names, then I said to myself this a crazy world where people has bastadise the use of technology and the so called sophisticated machines. Also I remember the medium used in sending messages to those live far away, Letters are were written and posted, but now our post office boxes now houses spiders, cockroaches and all sort of insects that one could ever think of, instead of letters as people have now found a quicker and more efficient way of sending their messages to friends and family members who live faraway through phone calls, test messages and emails.
Studies have shown that our human connections and personal relationship suffer. With the increasing using of mobile phones, and the crazy blackberry, I-pads and other more sophisticated phones and gadgets, people hardly look up these days to say Hi or respond to greeting, as they are always hunched and deeply engrossed in browsing and ’PINGING’. Face to face interaction is slowly phasing out as people do not really need to see each other to converse. Hardly can you find anyone to ask for directions when you are confused of your way, as people go about plugged in into their ear phone making them to the outside world at that moment. My mind also wandered to those days when bank used to be over crowded on Fridays because of the rush to get a little cash to survive the weekends.
Those days has gone, it is not ‘abracadabra’ it is called atm and abandon withdrawal booklets. People are not even aware of that renovation done in the bank or the new cashier that has just been employ, because they hardly step into the banks these days. With ATM there is no cashier to customer interaction. Then I said to me ‘those days are gone…’I dropped my pen wondering what the future holds for our human connections.
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