In Avatar, there is a Tree of Souls that connects Eywa to all life on Pandora. It is a beautiful willow-tree style, that has the ability to see all, and hear all, according to the Na’vi. This tree also allows the Na’vi to have contact with Eywa. More or less in a nutshell. The movie is slightly confusing.
In our lives, we are connected to the news as it happens via the Internet. One no longer has to wait until the 6:00 PM news to find out what happened in the world. Rather, we are able to see events as they unfold. Often times, this can be uncensored, yet it is how the world has progressed.
We are all connected to so many things, but that is just it. They are things. We love our cellphones, gaming systems, iPods, ect. They provide us with a world outside of our world. Panic sets in if one of the devices is missing. Did I lose it? Where did I put it? Oh my gosh! I ran over it in the snow… The list goes on.
While I do appreciate the things that technology has given us, sometimes I wonder why? Sure, my family is spread out throughout the United States. Facebook has given us a way to be connected in the moment, even though we cannot physically be there. I have been able to watch my younger family members grow up, go to band concerts, dances, etc. It is something that I would not trade for the world!
But social media, and technology, also has its disadvantages. Cyber bullying is at an all time high. Messages can be sent and then disappear thanks to SnapChat. Through all of the interconnectedness (not sure if that is a word) it appears we are also growing farther apart. I do miss the days of receiving a handwritten letter. Instead, I will settle for a text message from a friend saying I miss you. Why? Because even though it isn’t written by hand, it is written with the thought of letting me know that I matter to them.
How about you? Has the advancement in technology allowed you to become closer to those you love, or has it driven you farther apart?