Monday, 2 January 2012

Generation Cyborg

Today, the Tarot of Metamorphosis shows its Sci-Fi side...

I don't see much of the apprentice in this card, though I guess the aspect of working hard could be seen in having to follow so many different perspectives at once.  I notice, though, that his "face" is blank - information overload?

This cyborg fellow with his old-fashioned computer monitor head and strange long-limbed body also makes me think of how people are attached to machines.  Watching an episode of the first season of Two and a Half Men two nights ago, Alan and Judith were trying to organise their calendars - PDA's which in this day and age would be half the size with a hundred times the functionality.  We get so used to seeing people everywhere gazing at their smartphones, it seems bizarre to think back to the early '80's when the Filofax was the accessory of the year!

Today is Big Boy's fourth birthday, and he is definitely of the generation that uses technology as naturally as breathing.  He loves "his" iPad, and the software we have on it just for him.  Makes me wonder in what other ways his experience will be different to mine, growing up in this far more technological era.  Still, we read him books often enough that they won't seem a foreign territory to him, even if in the future he does read them on a Kindle (or on his iPad) rather than on paper.


I am grateful for four years of learning and growing with my beautiful son.

4 comments:

  1. Perhaps this apprentice has a blank screen because he has learned all he is willing to learn. Dogma in dogma out...

    All the best in the new year, Sharyn/AJ

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  2. The blank screen reminded me of the Zen "beginner's mind;" an empty cup with the potential for being filled.
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  3. An interesting post!

    Happy birthday, Big Boy! I hope this year is a very good one for BB and you, and the three of you as a family.

    Big Hugs,
    MM

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  4. Hi Sharyn,

    Ha, I like it: dogma in, dogma out. I guess for some students, they first have to go through a phase of agreeing with their mentor/institution before being able to think for themselves...

    Wishing you a wonderful 2012!

    Hi TST,

    Now that's a much more positive take on this card - thanks for sharing it!

    Hi MM,

    Thanks for the well-wishes. BB had a fun birthday with visits from friends and family, as well as lots of presents (none from us - he already has too much stuff!).

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful year, too!

    Bright beginning hugs,
    Chloë

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