What are we doing wrong?

To the woman who sped past me in a no passing lane with a van full of kids only to arrive at the stop light at the same time as me, what’s the rush?

To the family who sits down for a nice dinner after waiting an hour for a table, how about you put down your phones and talk to one another?

To the parents who let their toddler play unsupervised in a swimming pool while they FaceTime their other child at camp, what are you doing? (This went on for 14 minutes as I refused to leave until they were off the phone).

To Ben Jealous, a Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland, wanting to ban shotguns may make you one of the most disconnected candidates yet. You have to stop blaming an inanimate object and put the blame where it belongs - on the person committing the crime. Arson is a real crime but no one ever talks about banning fire.

Everyone is rushing to get somewhere, as is evident by all the traffic recently, but where is everyone going?

Find yourself comparing your life, job or family with others on Facebook? Let me tell you a secret, it’s easy to fake a “perfect” life in cyber space.

We sleep less, work more, eat more junk food on the go and worry more than ever before. Happy? Most people would say no.

Customer service is falling by the wayside and humans are being replaced with websites and automated responses. Can you say frustrated?

Maybe technology is not a good thing to human health.

During this vacation season try to take a brief time away from your phone or laptop. Unplug for a bit, maybe just for an hour or during meal time. How sad has our society become when this actually becomes a “thing” but here we are.

Remember knowledge is power and humans need to disconnect to remember what is really important.

 

Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.