I am the child who is calling out, “Look! The Emperor is wearing nothing at all!”
Hush! You cannot say such a thing.
The emperor, in my analogy, is us. Those of you scanning blogs, nings, social personal network sites, twitter, and a host of Web 2.0 user-generated content spaces (which I should name but I know people only stay tuned to a post for an average of 12 seconds) may identify with this blog post. With our smart phones in our pockets and our many computer portals close at hand, we have built up a momentum of constant sharing. Each of us, if we are honest, has personal interests and goals- one of which is simply to “keep up” with the current information (r)evolution. We can’t.
Just as mankind always has, we look to each other (friend/follow) for guidance. And in that quest to stay onboard the fast moving train, we gracefully glide from station to station (phone, computer station, portal, email check, tweet, Facebook post, network check, IM, text message).
Secretly, in our hearts, we think about getting off the train. We remember days when an hour was spent in contemplation. We remember things like:
the joy of making something with our own hands
reading a book
no ringtones to distract us to some other place
The emperor is wearing nothing.
Nothing at all.
I am taking a break for a moment….just to reflect.