To anyone who has been paying attention, the fact that our society is moving towards a more fast-paced, instant-gratification culture is not news. With the invention of such marvels as the microwave, the cell phone, and “instant messaging,” Modern Culture has certainly shifted into high gear. The risk, however, with this lightning-fast pace is that we may be losing our identity along the way.
Children today are rarely taught such niceties as etiquette, penmanship, and literature. The result? Our future leaders lack the trappings of academia and a sense of their place in the World. They no longer appreciate the importance of complex thought, articulation, beauty, courtesy – or any number of other things that can’t be adjusted on an LCD screen. In addition, kids today spend so much time isolated across the internet or the latest video game system that the complexities of social behavior have become a mystery to them – with disastrous results.
The concept of culture is not extinct yet, however. Though the sitting room days of musical gatherings, book readings, home and hearth may seem provincial in the Digital Age, our salvation may come from an unlikely source: Science. Continue reading