Published June 26, 2006
the Unanswered Knock of Love ,part 1
Ok, Ixc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2m supposed to write about politics/society/social issues/current xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93eventsxc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d,etc-so whatxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s this? Love? I know-the majority of the readers of this blog-and I must add that I am delighted with the increase in readership-but I know that most probably havenxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t made it to THIS point.- And THATxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2S the problem:
What happened to LOVE?
What are we SO busy w/in our lives that we donxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t take time for love?
OK-how do YOU know Louie? How do YOU know what people take time for?
Well, look around. Itxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s strange-we have all of this technology that supposedly brings us together/helps us stay in communication w/each other, but itxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s my contention that all of this communication technology helps keep us apart. Itxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s really easy to email,call or text a message to people that years ago wexc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2d have met w/to talk w/ and be with. Years ago wexc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2d have met w/a group of people and now we email or text a group instead of seeing them or talking w/them personally. Are we really better off w/ the technology? Do you feel more in touch? More in tune ? Together? Instant messaging and emails allow us communication w/o spoken words. Sure,we can add expression w/some email programs,pictures w/some cell phones, smiley faces,frowny faces, even PrimeMinisterCheney smirkey faces-but can we really express ourselves better w/todayxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s technology? I found some letters and postcards that my grandfather sent to my grandmother-REAL LOVE LETTERS-hand written LOVE LETTERS. Ixc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2ve also seen some letters that my father wrote while in Europe during W.W.II to a girl back in the states that an army buddy knew. He introduced them through the mail when he found out that my father was of the same ethnicity as this girl back home who later became his wife and my mother. Hand written letters-when was the last time you wrote one? I am equally guilty. I used to love writing on unusual items,inside of appropriate packaging,on beautiful paper,w/unusual pens , etc. I loved sending xc3xa2xe2x82xacxcbx9cpicture postcardxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2 to friends.
Ok Louie, so what does all of this have to do w/ xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93The Unanswered Knock of Lovexc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d ?-Ixc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2m not certain yet. What I am certain of is that I do not believe that we humans are better at communicating and communication IS the key to love. Communication is more than words.Communication is all kinds of actions AND inactions. Sure, we can send emails in different colours, but we cannot see the colour in the eyes when someone receives that email-nor can we see the expression on their face,the movement of their mouth, or hear their laughter or see their tears.
So whatxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s missing in this world w/ all of these new methods of communication? All of this communication that I believe is pushing us further apart?
There are countless new dating/matchmaking services on line that allow us to hurry up and fore-go real communication . xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93Take a multiple point test and wexc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2ll match you up with like-minded individuals scientifically!.-SCIENTIFICALLY???-you betcha! Why xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93wastexc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d time on communicating w/ others when you can test your way to successful love. Yeah,I know, therexc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s countless people whoxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2ve been matched by these services and are now in loving relationships and I am glad and I am certain the worldxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s a better place because of their love. I just would hope that people used those services as a last resort instead of a first attempt.
So,Louie, what about the xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93unanswered knock of love?xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d-Ixc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2m not sure yet,but letxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s continue:
I have a friend ( wow-i have a FRIEND!)who recently told me : xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93My Blackberry( a cell phone w/email and Internet access) broke down and I was LOSTxc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2xa6my schedulexc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s on there, my phone numbers/contacts, obviously my cell phonexc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2xa6Louie ,I was LOST!xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2xa6xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d
We xc3xa2xe2x82xacxcbx9cve become so reliant on these electronic technologies that we donxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t function well w/o them.
So your device(s) break down and what do YOU do?
You canxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t call anyone because you donxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t have a phonexc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x80x9csure you could look for a payphone-tried to do that recently?-Have any luck finding one that works? Have change? NOT a quarter or a dime like they used to be(hmmm, phone calls have become much less expensive yet pay phone calls have doubled).-Hey, and do you know their number? Gotta pay for information as a separate call-IF the numberxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s listed !
Do you know where youxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2re supposed to be?-your schedule/calendarxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s in the phone or your laptop or palm organizerxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x80x9call broke down! -got it in your memory-the one in your brain,not your laptop, or have you forgotten to store those things in your brain memory? Too reliant on technology?
So-ya donxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t know where youxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2re supposed to be, who to call and when AND what their number is-gee you donxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t even know WHO youxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2re supposed to know w/o the tech devices!
Ah-ok, calm down, the network will be up in just a bit(you hope!).So what now? What do we do? Aw crap, now the radio,cd player,ipod doesnxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t work! Gonna sing and dance to xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93skip to my lou my darlingxc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d?-Naw.
So what? ALL of your resources-all that you rely on-EVERY THINGxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2S temporarily(you HOPE) down.
Think you can have an uninterrupted conversation w/someone and if so-w/whom?
No outside calls-no emails-no music other than the sound of each otherxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s voice???
No internet searches.
No video games.
No distractions from actual conversation!!! With whom and why??
Canxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t do business-canxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t schedule.
Maybe a game of Red Rover or Twister?
What will you hear w/o any distractions?
THE PREVIOUSLY UNANSWERED KNOCK OF LOVE PERHAPS?-Perhaps!
What do we miss while distracted by these technological devices?
Wexc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2ve all heard that dope-smoker stunner:xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9dIf a tree falls in the forest and therexc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s no one there to hear it - does it make a sound?xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d(while were here,let me enlighten you-yes). [btw-the best dope-smoker stunner is: xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93What were we just talking aboutxc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d]
So,Louie, is THAT what youxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2re talking about w/The Unanswered Knock of Love ?- I donxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t know yet-letxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s continue:
We hear the term xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93Lovexc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d used often: xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93I LOVE youxc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d
xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93Looking for Lovexc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d
xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93Unconditional Lovexc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9d-hey, now therexc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s one!-Unconditional love,love w/o conditions, sans condition-xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9dI LOVE you sooo much and sooo special that my LOVE comes w/o caveats, xc3xa2xe2x82xacxc5x93YOU DONxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2T EVEN HAVE TO LOVE ME BACKxc3xa2xe2x82xacxc2x9dxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x80x9d-WOW! Can we humans do that?, Well, we can try.
Is that how you learn to love-by trying? Kinda like riding a bicycle w/o training wheels-by trying?-or is LOVE something that we have in us that just needs to be let out.-Do we have to practice love until we get good at it so that itxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s GOOD LOVE, then BETTER LOVE hey-then BEST LOVE-UNCONDITIONAL LOVE ? -or does Love just come naturally? Does anything from good to wonderful ever come naturally ? Well, vision for most of us comes naturally, but REAL SEEING takes time , desire,will and practice. Communication ,either by language or sign/body takes time and practice. Hey-hearing comes naturally, but REAL LISTENING takes practice,time,will and desire. Even our sense of taste develops slowly. So, what about love ? We have new technology for improving eyesight-an operation that at least temporarily improves eyesight eliminating the need for glasses-and hey, glasses certainly work for aging eyes. Hearing aids for hearing loss or impairment. Assuming that eyesight and hearing diminishes w/age-
but WHAT ABOUT LOVE ?
-does LOVE diminish w/age?
What,if anything, can we do to improve LOVE? We know we can boost sexual interest and skills w/ anything and everything from lingerie,movies,drugs,latex,rubber,steel, battery and manually operated devices and for the skilled-AC powered devices-but thatxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2s SEX-what about LOVE-hey, arenxc3xa2xe2x82xacxe2x84xa2t they connected?
Well, sometimes-kinda like a Watson-Crick double helix ?
c./b.Free Radio,Ltd Louie b.
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