Have you noticed people texting? In other words have you noticed people? It doesn’t matter where, no place is sacred. Around the dinner table, at a restaurant, in school, at the bus stop, on the bus, at the coffee shop, in the store, at the library, in the bathroom, at the wedding, and yes, at the funeral. They text alone, they text in crowds, they text while talking to you, they text while you are talking to them.
What are they all talking about? How much would anyone’s life change if they didn’t say it? On the other hand no doubt some people get closer through texting and I wonder how many times the letters I-m s-o-r-r-y have been typed?
Back when people still wrote letters C. S. Lewis sent a short note to longtime correspondent Mary Van Deusen. Ms. Deusen was thinking about attending classes and she wanted to know what Mr. Lewis thought. Perhaps surprisingly he advised against it. The only reasons he could see for taking classes was to qualify for a job or if the subject was one in which the person has “a strong curiosity about it.” Otherwise he felt study could take the fun out of an interest. He sums up his philosophy this way,
“I never see why we should do anything unless it is either a duty or for pleasure! Life’s short enough without filling up hours unnecessarily.”1
Perhaps all this texting is being done out of duty or pleasure. I hope so. Life’s short enough without filling up hours unnecessarily.
1. Walter Hooper, ed., The Collected Letters of C S Lewis: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963, Vol. III (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2007), 96.