Two Worlds

0 5/16/2006 // By Larry Schweiger

On a recent flight to California, I was seated next to a 10-year-old heavy-set boy who was traveling alone…alone that is with his hand-held Game Boy.  From the east coast to the west coast, he played his game non-stop.  At one point, the captain came on air and announced that we were flying right over the Grand Canyon and we could see a fantastic view of this national treasure.  I was struck by the fact that the boy never raised his eyes once to look.

I should not have been so surprised, the young man fits the sorry statistics for the average American child.  American children are spending more than forty hours a week looking at TV, computers and various gadgets.  As a consequence, they are getting fat and out of touch with nature.  In a sense, they are living in an artificial world that takes preeminence over the real world.

Perhaps it’s more a reflection of all Americans than we would like to admit.  When is the last time you sat on your porch and quietly listened to the night sounds of nature? 


from Wildlife Promise

Tags: ,
Print