Peace, Love, and… Who the F* is Kim Kardashian?
For the longest time, I’ve maintained the very real and personal belief that I was born sometime in the mid 1940’s, lived passionately in the ’60’s, and died of a dramatic drug overdose (is there any other kind?) sometime in the 70’s.
I came back in a hurry as a child of the ’80’s so I wouldn’t miss anything, but it turns out, unfortunately, I did.
I feel this way mainly because of a strong, inexplicable affinity for Vietnam era music and the television show, The Wonder Years. I feel no such connection to feathered bangs and slap bracelets. And Nick Carter couldn’t hold a candle to John Lennon.
I mean, really?
But there’s just something about the innocence of a time prior to all of the distractions of the present day — when answers came from actual books instead of Google, when entertainment came from imagination before television, and when people actually understood their cause.
Photo by Burk Uzzle.
Well… for the most part.
Photo by Burk Uzzle
The world was a scary place, for sure, but still there was hope.
And I think that maybe I would have liked to live then — when reporting still involved research and passion and integrity. When family and friends conversed with each other during meals instead of fondling their phones. When people became famous for doing extraordinary things — not how pretty they were or how many sex tapes they filmed or how envious they made us of their shallow lives. When little girls were beginning to learn their intellectual worth, dreaming about building careers as scientists or writers or soldiers — not about how famous they could become for bleaching their hair, using their friends, and doing nothing of memorable note.
I realize it’s not healthy to live in the past. Especially when, if you don’t believe in reincarnation, I never actually lived in the past.
But here’s the thing.
I think that maybe we’re forgetting ourselves here.
We’re too worried about how many Facebook friends we have rather than building real relationships. We’re filling the empty parts of ourselves with stuff we don’t really want because it’s too hard or too time consuming or too terrifying to think about what might really be missing.
None of this is revolutionary, of course.
But think about this for a minute, the next time you look down at your phone when there’s a real, live person in front of you — the next time you tell a little girl how pretty she is instead of asking her about her favorite book — the next time you spend hours watching and envying how celebrities live their lives:
Life is built on experiences — the stimulation of conversation, the taste of good food, the reminiscing of a day well spent. So maybe, just for a night, we should turn off our phones and experience it.
*Steps down from pedestal.*