Friday, June 21, 2013

Tweeting Our Way To Oblivion

Tweeting Our Way To Oblivion: Julian Rose




People behaving like birds should mark a step forward in the evolutionary capacity of the human race. After all, birds sing melodiously at dawn and dusk, swoop majestically in the open sky and build their nests using only their beaks. I doubt that most humans could build such nests even using two hands.




Yet do we dulled and listless nine to fiver’s dance through the streets and burst into rapturous song each dawn and dusk? No, no, not we measured and mannered mortals. Our typical daily response to the circadian rhythms of this universe that inspire the swooping birds is to reach into our pockets for a mass produced electronically energised plastic gismo, upon which to twitter, tweet and text profound messages to our friends, such as: “hey, what ya doin’ this p.m? I’m nackered – need a drink – how about Soho Brasserie around 7 tonight? saw jamie this mornin’ – wow he looked wicked.. let his hair grow out and was sporting brand new Nikes!” It’s a seriously retarded and poor imitation of the birds version – don’t you think?





If only people could pause long enough to actually listen to the song of the birds, maybe even to marvel at their spontaneous and often balletic flight; or simply peer at one of their nests and reflect on its extraordinary design. But no “No time for that – I never look up – too busy.” The very same reason given for never seeing the poisoned aerosol ploughing of the very sky in which the birds perform their ritual dances. What a telling indictment of the current inhuman condition of modern man.




When we pass – and our spirit transitions to the next domain – there is, I believe, a timeless illuminated kind of moment when we get to see the full picture of how we used our time here on Earth. At our ‘point of transition’, we are, if you like, presented with the results of the exam called life: the accumulated contribution – or lack of contribution – that we made to this Universe in the course of manifesting our earthly existence.


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