Technology in communications has accelerated exponentially in the past five
decades, Today we have instant communications. We can watch events across the globe in real time. We have smartphones with thousands of available apps. We can text, talk, or video conference nearly anyone in the world—instantly.
Yet, are we really communicating better today? Today, there seems to be more rampant violence, mass murders, bullying, single parent families, and verbal, physical as well as sexual abuse. More children and young adults are dying on city streets than in war zones. In fact, a few veterans who have served in combat have returned home only to be shot and killed on their home turf.
We appear to lack respect, loyalty and integrity . Even younger children talk back to their parents and the parents allow it. We hardly seem to debate our differences without getting deviant. And we don’t seem to resolve our differences rationally. Most importantly and though the vast majority of Americans believe in God, it seems like we have left God behind, and we seem more focused on receiving than giving. We’re more concerned about what’s in it for me rather than others.
In contrast, the WWII generation is considered the greatest generation of our times. Why? They had no cell phones or smartphones, no TV, not even portable radios. They had no calculators, and certainly no computers or Internet. And, there was no “pop” culture to discuss. News came only from the radio, newspapers, the weekly world news at the movies, and mostly importantly, from respectful and dignified discussions with their friends and neighbors.
They appreciated each other’s opinion without judgment or condemnation. They were selfless, sacrificing for their children and their country, without hesitation. Most importantly, God was prevalent in their homes, at school and even in goverment. Their own president, while they listened to him on radio, would ask the nation to pray with him, especially on D-Day. Therein lies the major differences between today’s generations and the WWII generation, i.e. to live selflessnessly, honorably, and with a willingness to actively communicate with each other.
Back in the 1960s, Simon and Garfunkel sang a song, Sound of Silence, written by Paul Simon. In part, “And in the naked light I saw, ten thousand people, maybe more. People talking without speaking. People hearing without listening. People writing songs that voices never share. And no one dared disturb the sound of silence “
Isn’t it time to disturb the sound of silence and get back to quality communications?