Have you seen those people who believe that they are so important they must be reachable at all times of the day and night? You know the ones: they have a gadget permanently stuck in their ear; they sit in art galleries looking into the laps; they hold up traffic on the freeway; they walk into a coffee shop with friends, order, and sit in silence, looking at the small screen.
We are growing into a society, at least as far as the younger generations are concerned, of people who no longer look up. We have a small communications device in our hands which is constantly on so that, since we are so important and the world needs us, we can be reached immediately. Even the famous Batman had to wait for a cloudy day in Gotham before he could be called out, unless he happened to be at home and the Batphone rang.
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Important people do not wander through life with a gadget stuck in their ear so that other important people can reach them for important decisions. They have people who do all that for them. People who wander through life with a gadget stuck in their ear, who hold up the traffic, who do not see works of art in a museum because they’re checking out the Instagram photos of beautiful works of art in a museum are missing life.
It’s like going to watch a baseball game and then, sitting in the best seats, watching the game on a small screen or, even worse, doing something else. You deserve a smack in the face with a baseball bat to wake you up and bring you back to the real world right in front of your eyes. Of course, even that isn’t going to happen, as we know from experience; someone will protect you from the reality and then, surprised, you can check out Twitter to see what you missed and why you’re suddenly a – very short-lived – celebrity.
- Viktoria Michaelis.