Thoughts in a park.


Hypothesis:

The opportunities for observation that present themselves to us during our various moments of idleness throughout the day (waiting in traffic, in line at the grocery store, for the water to boil), are often squandered by immediately turning to our devices for the latest digital updates.  We are a culture averse to idleness and simply observing the world us.  As soon as the world stops requiring anything of us, we immediately move from the real to the digital.  By doing this, we fail to see the world as it is.  Waiting in an idle state is the perfect opportunity for this.

What would happen if we did allow ourselves to be idle and observe?  What would we think of?  What revelations might come to us?

Let’s try and see..

As I write this, I am sitting in a park in Fort Worth, Texas.  There is a fountain where children are playing. There is a cool breeze blowing, keeping a consistent ebb and flow that rocks soothingly the green branches surrounding the square like a slow current in a river. There are also inconspicuous devices positioned above – cameras. We are all being watching now in this post-9/11 world.  Video cameras abound. I count up to 10 so far in this park alone.  The ones I can see, that is.  Always keeping watch, in case…. Who is on the other side of those cameras, watching? The scene is at once utopian while hinting that we are always on the brink of falling into dystopia. There is a fine line between chaos and order.

Idle moment over. Now, back to structure and expectations…

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Author: Zack Hayhurst

New Yorker enthusiast, cartoon caption contest contender, book hoarder, cultural omnivore, writer

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