When did this happen to us? When did communing with the handheld device take the form of liturgical prayer? How did we come to worship our devices in public with the same fervor we once gripped the wisdom of the Patriarchs, and without embarrassment?
No, that’s not quite right. Embarrassment requires an understanding, or perhaps a mere awareness of those sharing the space around us. Gadgetry has obviated the membrane between the public and private sphere.
Our spines crumple forward in submission to our appetite for escape. Our necks droop like penguins in the zoo, staring down at a created Antarctica balanced on our webbed feet. Time travelers from the 1990’s would be puzzled by the sight of us. They would wonder if all the Vitamin D had been removed from our diet in a diabolical plot.
I’m hardly one to comment. Even perched upon the stern unforgiving yoga stool at which I labor, inevitably my posture sags, shell backed and slack-jawed, as I type. Occasionally I catch flies in my mouth.
There is antidote for this, in Van Nuys, where one can re-establish the plumb line from the back of the head to the heel.
MacLeod Ale. Calvert Street. No screens. No gadgets. Just British Ales, peanuts and conversation. Occasionally music. Remarkable what a little fellowship conducted eye-to-eye, standing upright, glass in hand, can do for your spirit and your love for your fellow man.