As you blindly look down at the cell phone in your hand, do you even see the people you walked by that have a story that can rock your world in one way or another?  Their stories may have made you smile or wrenched your heart.  On a moment-to-moment basis, we have a 50/50 chance of hearing Dahli Lama’ish inspiring words or the “damn my life sucks worse than your’s ever could” complaints.

HOLD IT RIGHT THERE!  People talk to each other in-person? Hmmm, haven’t noticed much of that lately. When I get coffee I use the drive-up window. But wow, when I’m in the grocery store my head needs to be in a constant 360 degree spin. Just to avoid being run over by people blindly pushing carts as they mindlessly text, read emails, or talk talk talk on their cell-phone.

TOO BLIND TO SEE – TOO DEAF TO HEAR

Where has the art of conversation gone? We NEED to use verbally spoken words-not digitally produced images and recordings. By the way, do you know your neighbors? Do you talk with them more than once a year?  Or do you walk by them with a blank, blind downward glance?

What I’m getting at is most of us probably feel like we are never seen or heard even when participating in a one-on-one conversation. Generally folks focus on hearing themselves talk. They barely connect to what other people say because they are busy preparing a response to a comment they barely heard and did not clearly understand. Blind to what they see. Blind to what they hear.

Can we fault others because we don’t feel seen or heard? Doubt it. We may be making ourselves small and silent because we are afraid to be seen and heard. The reasons we may feel the need to make ourselves small are multifaceted and complicated. Violent childhoods, fear of terrorism, losing a way of life and living on the streets, being ignored and forgotten, or, with our current world history, are we simply learning to fear speaking up?

Maybe humanity simply needs a temporary EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) from a solar-flare to take technology down for a spell. Just for three days. Then we will HAVE to learn to ask for help, need to be in community, want to share our special talents and wisdom and finally be willing to hear what others have to say – just to survive.

BUT, we’d have to re-learn how to speak with our mouth rather than our thumbs.

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