By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
During a recent trip to the grocery store, I couldn’t find the edamame. It’s a soybean that, oddly, my kids request by name.
I called my wife, and she directed me to the right spot.
Before the invention of the cell phone, I would’ve searched for who knows how long.
Or I might’ve been forced to ask an employee for directions.
More likely, I would’ve come home empty-handed and said, “They were out. What kind of red-blooded American kids crave edamame, anyway? In my day, we ate Little Debbie snack cakes and we liked it.”
But here’s something else about life before cell phones: My wife might’ve gotten more peace of mind, rather than annoying calls and trivial questions from her clueless husband.
* “Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.” – Queen Victoria.
Even in Smalltown, America, it’s possible to fill 24 hours a day with entertainment. That’s great and wonderful, until our diversions mutate into a jumble of noise and confusion.
* “If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.” – John Bunyan.
We fill our time with the instruments of progress, and they’re spectacular.
Music and movies on demand.
Football games brought straight to the living room.
Computers and Smartphones to keep us in touch with folks, while also filling our brains with all manner of stuff.
I wouldn’t want any of that to go away. Rather, I wouldn’t want it to go away for long.
* “I’d do the same things, but I’d be a little more quiet.” – Jack Whittaker.
On Thursday morning, I left home with my cell phone plugged into the car charger. When I reached the Mighty Daily Journal, I disconnected the phone, only to find the charger hadn’t been plugged into the power outlet.
It was an early 21st century moment, and it got me thinking about the old days, when we didn’t have cell phones, spam e-mail or big-screen televisions.
The further back in time you go, the quieter things become, unless you’re in the middle of a war, or someone you love is dying from a disease that’ll be preventable a few hundred years later.
* “In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.” – Salman Rushdie.
The sane response to modern times is to enjoy them, while keeping in mind that too much of a good thing tends to turn into a bad thing.
* “Remember the quiet wonders.” – Charles de Lint.
M. Scott Morris is a Daily Journal entertainment writer. Contact him at (662) 678-1589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.