I was driving and “This American Life” happened to be on. The very first act was asking the question – Are We alone? Act II – Couple Therapy. And finally, Act III – Answering a 9 year olds questions to her dad.
First off – disclaimer – I am writing this even before I’ve heard the end of Act III. I actually pulled over to the first place I could think of that would have WiFi and pulled out my laptop to start this. I have a feeling this is going to take a while but only if I begin.
As Act III started the very first thing that got my attention was that the girl was asking all these questions – why this, why that? And I realized that my girls
A couple sitting in front of me, in another table, were sharing a coffee. They were also having the bread & butter / jam.
I myself do the same – have coffee and the “free” bread & butter. But I always order something, even if I don’t really want it, because I feel a bit of guilt enjoying the “free” bread & butter. Here this couple were enjoying the “free” bread & butter / jam and not only did they not get anything else, they actually are sharing one coffee.
How could they? They seem not elderly but old enough. Like they had grown up kids. What if their kids saw them? Are they not feeling the guilt that I do?
As all these thoughts are racing thru my head I am also telling myself that I am judging and I should not. Not that there might be a perfectly good reason that they are doing what they are, but because I simply should not judge. How would I feel if I was the one being judged? Judging is wrong.
In the mean time food is being brought to many of the other tables and a sandwich and a salad was also brought to the couple’ stable.
Yesterday I got an email from a friend, who I don’t usually get emails from, saying that he shared some “Google Docs” with me. Not surprisingly, many many people seem to have gotten the same, or at least similar, email.
A couple of things stood out for me:
- His email address
- I got 2 identical emails
- It was from someone that I have not been corresponding for a while now
By default I am fairly skeptical about any email that wants me to “do something”. We hardly use email at work, most of my ex-coworkers stay in touch via group emails. Needless to say, I was way to suspicious to actually click on the link or whatever it was that I was supposed to have clicked on and so far I have only gotten the email from that one friend of mine. Looks like most of my friends also did the right thing.
So, I don’t think I was going to write about this as it didn’t really seem like a significant issue. Just yet another attempt to get access to my online info. But this morning as I was driving to work and listening to On Point on the radio it seemed that they were doing a whole show on this. Which seemed a bit much to me. It was not that they were talking about security or privacy online but just the issue from yesterday. One of the point that really bothered me was when the question was raised that we should be more guarded about our activities online. To me that seems such an obvious thing.