I saw a little girl in a commercial ask her smartphone if dogs dream.
Google told her….or maybe it was Siri….or the Microsoft equivalent…or maybe it was one of the new phones with the TrinityG network….and God told her….that, yes, dogs dream….about the same things we dream about.
I wondered about that…but as an adult was always a little shy about asking the question.
So….thanks, little girl in the commercial.
DOGS DREAM!! LIKE I DO!!! WHEN THEIR LEG SHAKES AT NIGHT….WHEN THEIR EYES ARE CLOSED AND THEIR EYELIDS ARE TWITCHING….IT’S FOR THE SAME REASON THAT MY LEG IS TWITCHING!!
How cool is that?
Watching that commercial, I realized that knowledge is kind of irrelevant.
It’s not “what you know” anymore, it’s “what you know how to ask”.
It’s knowing how to ask the question right.
And, if you don’t ask the right question, or don’t ask the right question correctly/right, and you don’t get the answer that you were looking for, all you have to do is ask another question and the internet lets you go off on another tangent….looking, looking, looking…until you get close to something that supports what you already believed was correct.
That’s pretty amazing that we can do that now.
I can do it sitting at home…you can do it at Denny’s on your smartphone.
You can do it at Denny’s on your smartphone while your children try to get your attention so that they can ask you a question the “old-fashioned” way.
You can do it all day on your smart phone while all the other people at your table are doing it all day on their smartphone, too….and you’ll never have to talk to or acknowledge each other.
You have your smartphone.
Maybe you’re all looking up….or asking Siri….”Why am I so lonely now?! Why do I feel so isolated?”
At least you can lean across the table and say, “What did you get?! What did Siri tell you when you asked the question about being isolated and lonely?”
You can always compare notes about how lonely you are.
When you really feel lonely, you can ask someone else about feeling lonely.
There are a million people who are probably dying to weigh in on isolation in the isolation chat rooms.
I guess that we all need some interaction…and not interaction with the friendly robot voice in our phones, either…even if that seems to be the voice of choice when I see a group of people at an adjoining table with their faces bathed in the cellphone glow.
Maybe the cellphones do get us over that hump of “nobody understands”, though.
Nobody understands my grief.
Nobody understands my loneliness.
Nobody understands what I’m going through.
Nobody understands my isolation.
No one has ever gone through what I’m going through.
At least now we can say, “Well….at least Siri understands.”
I’ll bet that’s what all those groups of lonely people are doing at Denny’s….making sure that Siri is still on their solitary sides.
Either that… or checking their Facebook status.
It’s good to know what your friends are up to.
“I am a Rock” Simon and Garfunkel