Last night, I hopped on the metro train after an event and headed home. I started my commute underground but sat in awe when we came out of the tunnel!
I quickly looked around the train, hoping to share the moment with someone else staring at the beauty and wonder that was just outside our window. To my dismay, not one single person was looking out the window.
I wanted to stand up and say “Excuse me. Could y’all take a minute, put down your cell phones, kindles, and iPads, and look outside at this amazing sunset”, but I resisted. I just couldn’t believe that all of these people were missing out on this powerful and amazing sunset.
As I walked home from the metro station, I couldn’t help but feel discouraged about what had happened on the train. Have we reached a place in our society where we’re so consumed with our work and technology that we miss out on the awe inspiring beauty that surrounds us?
I started to wonder how many things I’ve miss out on because I’ve been texting, blogging, tweeting, and updating my statuses. How many nights do I sit on my phone, watching TV, when there is an amazing sunset just outside my window? How many days do I sit at my desk all day long, never using my lunch break to get outside and enjoy the beautiful day? How many tweets do I read instead of brushing up on the latest journal publication?
Last night’s sunset just got me thinking and it made me want to make a more conscious effort to immerse myself more in the world around me and less in the virtual world I too often live in.
Has technology caused you to become oblivious?