Maybe my parents felt that way about me; and their parents, them. As a student/ senior citizen/ late voter in the 2012 presidential campaign/ general consumer, etc; I’m starting to wonder about the young peoples of today that will someday run this nation. When I was my university peer group’s age, the era was 1968 thru 1970’s; an epoc of time that was one of the most sociallly controversial of our nation next to our War of Independence. The “hippies and political junkies” of then … ended up … running this nation … now.

How scary is that?

Everywhere I look now, people are constantly “plugged in.” Whether it’s cell, texting, Facebook, Skype, and many other electrical, wizardly wonders of the techno-world; one things for sure, … we are growing a culture that may have no need of a “vocal” language.  The computer I’m printing this on can change this English “font” into most any language at the touch of a key-stroke. What a wonder that is. We as a culture have defeated the Tower of Bable. At what stage do we take on the etheral – or maybe we already are!

Pardon, I wander in my argument.

I wonder about the halls of University – that hallowed ground. “Most all” students are plugged in. Their eyes are pointed on nothing, they’re lips move w/out saying anything. They walk in a predetermined fashion to an understood point. They acknowledge their friends by a nod or smile; at times, they stop to talk – the ear buds remain in place.

I go to visiting speakers, individuals that have made an impack within their life’s mission. The PAC (The Center for Performing ), a very large university setting – the accustics are excellent.  At the height of a speaker’s auditory – a “musical ringtone goes off. I mean really, how rude can you be? 

Can people NOT live “plugged-in” for 1-2 hours?

And, what do I say when I watch a patrolman, in his patrol car, set through a green light … texting?

Everyone have a greatdae!

G.

***P.S.   Be sure to look both ways when crossing they street, it’s getting dangerous out there.

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I’m sure most of us have thought what our personal world would be like if we were illiterate. At most, we don’t really give it much thought unless we work or are associated in a field with folks that are illiterate.  I know for the most part, I don’t!

I have a yard man (guy that does odd jobs for me) that is illiterate. He is 66 yrs old and has worked in “pulpwood” in south Georgia all his life. Hard dirty work! Started when he was just a boy cause his family needed the money. Raised a family, has grandchildren, got hurt on the job some years ago and nobody cared, now he just picks up odd jobs; and can’t read a “lick.” If I buy a new tool with any type special instructions, a weird on/off switch, I have to explain how it works. He gets really frustrated about it. (I know! I know! We as a society have programs for folks that have “fallen through the cracks.”

But, sometimes the net doesn’t catch everybody.

Actually, this post isn’t about my yard guy; it’s about the students that are graduating from schools now that don’t have “passable” reading, writing and math skills. The year is 2012. We have hand-held gizmos that can tell us the distance to Saturn faster than I can write it. And we have students that CAN”T READ OR WRITE!

We have money to sponsor “THE DOGS OF WAR,” but, won’t pay our teachers in my state a decent wage, so they won’t  leave and go elsewhere. My university professors haven’t had a raise in 7yrs, but … we can build a new football stadium??????????

Look at the money spent on this upcoming election. BILLIONSSSSSSSSSSS THATS  WITH/A “B”!!

I don’t know, there just seems to be something awfully “STINKY” here.

Illiteracy …. blessing or curse????

Either way, it needs our attention!!

COURSE …. THAT’S JUST MY OPINION.

Gooddae!     G.