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Old 12-24-2013, 07:41 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Sarah in SC View Post
Haha I think FB is awesome.
Sorry, had to throw that in there.
I love keeping up with friends in far flung places, some of whom even have tattoos.
I hope the older I get, the more tolerant and kind I get about understanding the differences in the people around me. I read and study a lot on compassion in hopes that I won't get more judgmental.
As I get older, I enjoy watching the transition... and appreciate the different ages... and especially the still lingering ability to recall the times that most have not had the opportunity to experience.

Seeing the immense difference between my youth, and the ladies underwear ads in the Sears Catalog, and comparing it to Miley's Christmas Special... and the contrast between a cat's whisker radio and an IPad... and the 400.000 US combat casualties who died in WWII compared to the 6000 American Servicemen who have died in combat in the 40 years since the Vietnam war ended in 1973... Changes that were unimaginable not so long ago.

I just see a huge transition... in so many parts of our lives. Not good or bad, but different, and although others have pointed out that change has always been with us, I wonder if it ever happened so quickly.

At one time, not so long ago, we looked at forward thinking people as prescient. Today our finest minds have trouble staying ahead of the technology they created.

I see judgement and observation as being different . The greatest joy that I have is being able to see history in the making. The social aspect is the most obvious. Not for me to say good or bad... but certainly different.

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Old 12-24-2013, 08:30 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Sarah in SC View Post
Haha I think FB is awesome.
Sorry, had to throw that in there.
Another vote for FB.

As for tattoos, I have nothing against them but can't think of anything I would want to be reminded of 20 years from now.

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Old 12-24-2013, 08:42 PM   #23
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I'm in two minds about FB, even though I'm a regular user. I don't quite buy the argument that if we were really friends with someone we'd stay in touch with them via the more "traditional" means of telephone, e-mail, and actually seeing them in person for the simple reason that every new method of communication has had it's detractors, including the telegraph. I think of all the time my Mum would stay on the phone chatting with friends when I was growing up in the 70's. The telephone was by then, firmly established as an accepted method of communication though many disapproved of it in the early part of the 20th century when it was beginning to gain a foothold in our lives. There were those who thought the telegraph would be of great detriment to society when it was introduced in the 19th century.

Having said all that, FB does seem to keep me in touch with people I no longer care about but as a counterpoint, how many of you old 'uns, when you were younger, wrote letters to people as a way of ostensibly keeping in touch because you didn't really want to go to the bother of seeing them in person? Write a few paragraphs about what you've been doing lately, tell them it's been too long, you hope to see them again soon, and pop it in the mail with a sense of relief because that's your "social obligation" to them taken care of for another year. In that sense, letters were like e-mail or Facebook, but with paper and a pen.

As for tattoos, they are not for me at all. I cannot think of anything that I am certain I would still want to be imprinted on my skin several decades later. That is a serious amount of commitment we are talking about! There are some people I am fairly convinced are capable of making that kind of commitment. I know someone whose mother died when he was relatively young. He has her name tattooed on his chest. I think that is a fine tribute to someone whose memory he will always want to hold close. For some, tattoos are part of a lifestyle choice that seems to be an integral part of who they are. They make sense for those people. However, as far as lifetime commitment goes, I bet there are an awful lot of "tastefully placed butterflies", girlfriend's names, and names of crappy bands that will be regretted at some point in the future!

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