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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Scoffing at American “progress” in his day, Thoreau said the nation felt it imperative we ride 30 miles an hour and export ice, but “whether we live like baboons or like men, is a little uncertain.” Today, we could say it’s imperative to move all knowledge and communication to iPads, iPhones, Twitter and Kindle, but whether we live like robots or men is a little uncertain.
As I sit in a doctor’s waiting room, an airport terminal or a cocktail lounge, the scene is sadly similar. People sit with their little hand-held machines, constantly sliding fingers across them, changing the revelations, doubtless following the state of society’s present progress.
But whether I’m seeing robots or men — or baboons — is a little uncertain.
Weather JournalEarly mix, then ice storm Sunday