I am damned! And one day, you’ll be dammed too! Why you may ask would anyone make such a statement? My answer is simply, my age. I am in the age bracket described most succinctly described by that withering tag, ‘old’. Old like your parents! For some of you old in that sense pertaining to your view of your grandparents. In the general age bracket of that same guy running for President that so many are prone to dislike primarily because the official word on Twitter and Facebook and the NYT is that he is uncool. What is his problem one might ask and then look at a guy like me. Ouch! Suspected of being so far out of touch with current present tense social media realities. Possibly a nag in terms of the context of many of my written thoughts. Perplexed by the unending cornucopia of fine print legalize upon the Dragon’s teeth of ever fertile new Internet stratagems for social regulation. That ever expanding gas cloud wrought by the instantaneous big bang of the universal evolution of the modern institution of the blog. So what do I know? What are my own personal fatal flaws. Let me demonstrate by the form of the use of a few words in a sentence. I still am well-acquainted with that bygone familiarity of face to face verbal communication. Look down in your hand and see your smart phone and thing of another verbal mystery, the horse and buggy. My own ‘year zero‘ of easy cultural familiarity encompasses not only the roots of so many longstanding contemporary literary and cinematic franchises. So often offering analogies that are so arcane that even many of my own peers have no idea of what the heck I am talking about. I realize sometimes that this chronic condition might be likened to loosing the ability to communicate to the point of being seen by some of the younger’s as babbling to a point of near to drooling Alzheimer’s. But enough about the all too favorite topic of ‘ME’.
Consider of what will occur when this condition spreads. And spread it will! What will happen it you are found to be in this same type of situation. Oh, I know that being young and dynamic and well-informed beyond anyone else that has ever been in a society like this ever before. The torch of enlightenment of the Internet. The world will be endless potential explored by your kind just like the promise of those Apple ads. You have or will have children and you will aisle them to be perfect examples of all the things that you believe are important so as not to fall victim to all the pitfalls of someone like yourself. The world will be more beautiful by that time and cleaner and healthier and more universally cooperative. And at this juncture it would be in keeping with someone like myself to give the old proverbial, “wait and see” speech. Wait and see where the world ends up in a completely different and possibly very underwhelming place that your generation thought it would be. Then you might be tempted to go back to the place that you mentally reside today and consider how it was such a Utopia by comparison? But there is another facet that is even more damning and that is the acceleration of the disappearance of valued family members and friends that just drop away from your experience like dead leaves. When that part of you that is prone to occasionally ask the big questions in life looks in the mirror one day, you will see a total stranger. Someone foreign to your life’s experience that has taken the place of who you would relate to as that person that you really are. That biological banner of outward appearance so long disciplined and chastened to continue to proclaim who you really are. Replaced, it seems, by that of what you inevitably have become by no fault of your own. Old.