Out of Touch

The other day I saw a humorous post the basically said any tech existing when you are born you consider part of life, any invented before you are thirty-five you adapt to and accept, any invented after thirty-five you are like "why are they messing things up." Around the same time I saw an article written by an over sixty gentleman that while he reconized the benefit of cell phones he still blamed them for the failure of personal relationships. These two things made me think how I see that it is very easy the older you get to become out of touch with the world.

I have heard older people complain about kids texted. They seem to think they should just call. They don't get technology. It doesn't matter what it is, email, Facebook, computers or even DVR's. It was all inviented after they had their routines down and they think it is a waste of time. Funny thing is the telephone, tellevision, radio and even the automobile had people expressing their dislike for them for the same reasons. If you listen you can still here the echoes of their voices, who wants to call some one when you can write them a letter or why do you need to go faster than a horse? Sounds like crazy talk now but some Luddite said it.

Me, I am nearly fifty and I love new tech, so I don't think I will be a Luddite. They have a more serious problem than just not liking new tech. They mistakenly blame it for social ills. Cell phones do cause some parents to neglect their children as the cell phone article author expressed. Parents have been neglected their children since the beginning of time. A parent on a cell phone at the dinner table is no different than one who read the newspaper at the dinner table.

In the article the author wrote cell phones have removed our down time because we are always connected. When you think about how connected does an office phone, home phone and pager make you. Which I am sure the author had before his cell phone. I remember the days of being on the highway and getting a text. I then had to find an exit and a pay phone. I much per the cell phone. My cell phone has off switches and I know how to use it.

Then there is the most serious expression of dislike for change. It is in the Christian churches. It is revealed in the mentalty, "I don't care what the young people want to do, it just needs to stay the way it is until after I am dead." Which only has one result. It runs off the young people so that it stays the same until the church is no more. Oh, it is never vocalized like I wrote it. No they are to subtle for that. They question why of each detail like a five year old until you give up in frustration, say no to spending money when it is not their idea, make there dislike known by frowning profusely, poking fun at what another church is doing so they make their opinion known they don't want it to happen here, sometime they just pull the pastor aside privately to express their dislike.

Dislike of change is really a failure to adapt. It is why many of the Christian churches, the Georgia Baptist Convention and the SBC are struggling. In just what I have lived through: the church, GBC and SBC have been late to adopt television, late to adopt VCR's, late to adopt computers, late to adopt CD players in computers, late to adopt the internet, and late to adopt cell phones. Even now our adoption of smart phones is behind the curve.

I am use to pointing out a problem and then offering a solution. This time the solution is bigger than a few simple paragraph's. So I will just tackle part. Go to the local wireless carrier and get a smart phone for you and your spouse. Transfer you home number to the cell phone of which ever one of you used it the most. Learn to text. Start a prayer chain at your church using text. Text you grandkids.

Of course the problem with this solution is that the ones that need to do this don't read blogs. Most of the time less than two people in the world read this blog.