So said Mark Twain…

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on it’s shoes..

So said Mark Twain, many many, moons ago! In the world we live in today, this is so true! With the myriad of high tech transmitting devices available…a word is barely uttered, before it is already known somewhere else….unimaginable till not so very long ago…

What this does also mean is, that these lines of communication…as welcome in some scenarios…as they are distressing in others…are faced by the aspect mentioned in the above comment by Mark Twain…quite incredible since this line is from an age where our present communication scenario may have been fairly impossible to even imagine! The real worry is that in the transmitting…the truth is often royally mangled out of shape…the second…and third hand report is sometimes so distorted, that the mind boggles…whilst the ‘information’ continues to go it’s way silently and insidiously…creating havoc…heartache…distorted versions of reality…misconstrued…misrepresented and manipulated…with little semblance to it’s actual reality…

Is this the way of the future? Is this what we have worked for and towards? Is this really what we want? We are strange creatures…we humans…and that too is often a misnomer…with the wikileaks type distortions gaining momentum on the world stage…it is a free for all…a no holds barred voyeuristic scenario and society. Where exactly are we headed? 

The world has changed so much and so drastically in my lifetime…I, who have always felt I was born in a wrong time period to start with… Although I enjoy the perks of high tech technology as much as the next person…the framework of its working, utility and influence is disturbing. It’s all pervasive intrusion in all of our personal spaces is definitely a thought worthy of distilling, as much as it is worthy of genuine introspection in determining it’s rightful space in our lives….

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The dots that connect…

My granddaughter read my last post and said with a reluctant air of disappointment…but it is mostly about mum! Children have this precious gift of saying it like it is…not hiding their feelings…no camouflaging…no masking…which is a refreshing…upfront…laying it on the line…an oft much needed breath of fresh air in this world of ours, when we often say one thing…mean another…posture…whilst inwardly flinching…lay it on thickly…well aware of the hypocrisy of it all…

Yes…being in my daughter’s home does beam the focus more on her…my first born…but what I have to get my very dear first born grandchild to understand is…that every relationship has it’s own special place…and the emphasis…focus…accent on any one, does not in the least take away from the other! This does however, more often than not, need the experience of age and years to fully comprehend…letting this understanding and realization wash over you without leaving any residue of an unintentional slight!

Spending time with my grandchildren is a blessing…a gift that I feel strongly about. Physical distances have put us in parts of the world that does not always give me the opportunity or chance to be more of a part of their world and I feel I have lost out on having been part of the process of their growing and formative years…our changed and changing lifestyles…relocations to different climes and lands…just pure and simply more insular and distant homesteads…have led to these changed and evolving relationships…that deprive and divest us all, of the love…care…interaction…time…happiness and dare I say…wisdom…that elders of families have imparted over the years…in more communal type of family environments…

The relationship with grandparents is a very special bond…those of us who have had the privilege and good fortune to have been closely favored by this bond…understand that we have been fortunate and blessed…and so this time that I have together with my grandchildren has to be used optimally…snatching every moment together in the very rushed and incredibly busy work schedule children these days are wont to have…making sure they understand and believe their all-important place in a grandparent’s heart and life…to make them totally secure in the knowledge of their place in the circle of life and love, one I believe is further boosted and supported by the fact that they are truly…the dots that connect one generation to another…

A favorite passage from the Bible for A precious Granddaughter

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.