Patience and Popsicles Sticks

When automobiles were invented they gave an individual the freedom to go from one place to another quickly (or at least much quicker) whenever they wanted, but the first time someone got behind some idiot going too slow — that was the moment patience was lost forever.

Of course, the internet, smart phones, science, social media, life — none of these things are helping in the patience department.

Technology changes us, even if we don’t notice. My iPhone is a normal tool I use in multiple facets of my life, and for me, I feel as if it has always existed. I don’t remember when things changed, they did. I don’t really recall how it used to be — it’s just history written in some book, detached from self.

Records, to 8-tracks, to cassettes, to compact discs, to digital, to streaming. TV to VCR’s, to DVR’s, to digital, to streaming. Books to ebooks. Physical things to digital things. Maps (the kind on paper) have been replaced with GPS — in the palm of our hands. Libraries still exists, but the whole of knowledge (good and bad, truth and lies, fiction and nonfiction) is accessible through this thing called The Google.

Stupidity can be spread easier. People start to believe everything they read without question. Our language is changing based on social media / smart phone culture — lol, brb, ttyl, cash me outside how bowdah.

Human nature has not changed with technology, the same behaviors exists. People still don’t take the time to validate “facts” or perform critical thinking. We have not evolved or ascended to a higher plane of existence. We are still children yelling, “Mom, he won’t stop not touching me!” But now we do it on Twitter, Facebook, Periscope, blogs, web pages, heads of lettuce, and puddles of brown goo.

Just like history, not everything being said is coherent or relevant. Some of it is just gibberish, some just ranting, and others complaining — very few solutions to anything. But now so many more people can have a voice, even if they don’t have anything to say. Anyone (with internet access) can share / publish music, books, art, or whatever it is they create. We may not become legendary, like Bowie, Prince, or Kanye, but we can build a reasonable fan base (FYI, for me a reasonable fan base is 3 people I don’t know).

And this brings me to my point. What ever happened to those multicolor, plastic, interlocking, popsicle sticks? Remember those? The ones you can build stuff with? They were awesome. Now-a-days popsicles only have wooden sticks — which is awful because I swear I can taste the wood. And to build something with them — you need glue. Where’s the fun in that?

Originally published at on March 6, 2017.

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