Ever notice the extreme panic you feel when you misplace your phone, even for a few minutes?
In this blog I want to address the darker side of this wonderful technology: it's capacity to render us completely disconnected from, and therefore unaware of, the world around us.
Stop a moment and think about that.
The very device that purports to connect us ever more completely with the world around us is, in fact, doing just the opposite: causing us to become more and more oblivious to ourselves, each other, and that very world.
How can this be?
By constantly pouring ourselves mentally into our tiny, or now not-so-tiny, little screens, we are no longer present to the world around us. Rather than becoming more conscious and aware, we retreat ever more deeply into that seductive cave that beckons us constantly.
In short, we become detached from the world around us. If our capacity for intelligence lies in our connection with life, and our ability to be present and aware of the world and ourselves, then indeed these little devices render us "smart phonies," literally dumbing us down to what is real and what life is all about.
I know it will do little good to say this, but I will anyway: put down your phone and just BE once in a while! Connect with your friends and coworkers; smell a flower; take a walk. Or even, gasp, just "sit" alone for a few minutes and watch the chatter of your thoughts and simply be present. Life is happening NOW; not in your head!
Now go take on the day! Excuse me a moment; I've got a text coming in...