Sitting in the doctor's waiting room today, I noticed that everyone there had their mobile phone out. I don't know what they were doing, but I was playing scrabble with four people. Now you may bemoan the fact that everyone is looking down at their phone and not interacting socially with each other. But it is actually the opposite. The people in a doctor's waiting room are strangers. They would not usually be socializing. They'd be reading something. However, their mobile phones allow them to contact their family and friends. In my case, play scrabble, with one real friend and three virtual friends. One friend is a book club member. The other three are friends from FaceBook, whom I have never met.
Think about this. Before cell phones, we would be sitting in the doctor's office not talking. Now, we can talk to many people and do many things, due to the mobile phone. I just love technology!
My neighborhood once was a haven for families. When my children were young gangs roamed our backyards and walked in and out of our kitchens. Literally, there was a path in the hedges between the house next door and mine. The voices of children echoed in the air. Bus stops had lines of children queuing. My children had a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in. They and I have good memories. That was then; this is now.
For a long time, I've wondered where the children went. I see plenty of young people jogging. I also see many couples, also singles, walking dogs. The thought has occurred to me that people aren't having children nowadays, but rather they're pet owners. Pets are satisfying the human need to love and nurture.
My thoughts were reinforced today by the article, "Fur Babies," in Breakpoint. John Stonestreet articulates what I've long thought. He calls it "pet parenthood," or "fur babies." Young people today opt to care…
The other day, I was talking to a friend about another friend, who is a Wiccan. My friend is into yoga and meditation and she said she was surprised that wiccans meditate, just like Christians do. We kind of ended our conversation with the realization that all religions have a lot in common.
Later on, I came across this examination of conscience on the Defend the Catholic Faith website. It's quite comprehensive. I glanced at the list of sins that broke the first commandment. I immediately recalled my conversation with my friend where we concluded that wicca is on par with Christianity. Yikes! What an idiot I am! I knew it's not; what was I thinking?
And scandal! Scandal is an attitude or behavior that leads one to evil. Hence! That's a sin against the fifth commandment. Who knew?
And "adulation!" I didn't even know what that was. That's being an accomplice in another's vices or grave sins. Ah.....