Sports and Games
The playground is analog.
But the Jungle Gym is digital.
Maybe the Internet is your Merry-Go-Round.
Or maybe it feels completely real and substantial to you.
“When it’s noon in the United States, the sun, as everyone knows, is setting over France. If you could fly to France in one minute, you could watch the sunset. Unfortunately France is much too far. But on your tiny planet, all you had to do was move your chair a few feet. And you would watch the twilight whenever you wanted to…” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
To me it feels like a labyrinth. Only, the kind I wanted to escape from over an hour ago.
For you it could be your own private Concrete Whatnot.
“When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation with a butcher and his customer.
‘Give me the best piece of meat you have,’ said the customer.
‘Everything in my shop is the best,’ replied the butcher. ‘You cannot find here any piece of meat that isn’t the best.’
At these words…”
…Banzan ordered the butcher’s hot pastrami on rye, smiled broadly, and became enlightened.
Whatever you choose, I’d venture to guess that it’s not Digital > Analog or vice versa. It’s taken me 30+ years (since my first Mac IIsi in 1986) to recalibrate the equation. It’s of course morphed from The Well, AOL, dial-up modems, and chat rooms to social media, mobile apps, and — well, one brain-dead human.
…who could probably seriously use one of these about now:
“Halfway down the stairs
Is a stair
Where I sit.
There isn’t any
I’m not at the bottom,
I’m not at the top;
So this is the stair
Halfway up the stairs
And it isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery,
It isn’t in the town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head:
‘It isn’t really
It’s somewhere else
— A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young
Dr. Recess is blowing his whistle…
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