In life, especially as your getting older, people like you ‘clever’ but not more clever than they are. This is why the Internet remains so popular despite all the pitfalls of passive surveillance by big brother and Walmart. That feeling of safety in what appears to be passive anonymity and he easy proximity to Wiki for quick intellectual reference. This behavior attitude seems to have displaced many other larger social descriptions of a former more gregarious times. The apparent physical demonstration of a desire to remain within the safe territory of one’s smart phone in public situations by default has eradicated social paradigms of what was once known as common courtesy. The larger appreciation of contemporary Western culture has gone from one ‘big salad bowl’ to endless I-Phone archipelagos where the boundary of misdirected attentions are tightly fixed by a constant well lit stare. Demonstrations of verbal ability outside of text has not only become frowned upon but to some degree made obsolete. “No man is an island!” said writer John Donne in his dedication to King Charles I of a work entitled “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions” within which he states:
“No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”
He must have had some great ESP as it is apparent that holding such thoughts within a section entitled, “Meditations”, he could plug right in today to the web community with his own updated Blackberry. I might venture to suggest that, ‘the bell’, might not toll pleasantly for thee as long as you don’t address anyone out of turn without the electronic ‘speaking wand’ firmly within their grasp!