I’m sitting between a miserable old couple that seems like they’ve been married for ages and a younger miserable couple with two misbehaving kids. They’re all staring at their phones silently. Ugh, is this what relationships lead to?
Please don’t ever let this be my life.
My favorite teacher in high school was in his mid 70s and had seen a lot over the years. I hung on just about every word he said and learned more from him than I did from any other teacher I’ve ever had. One day it somehow came up what he pities our generation for most. He said that we’d all evolved beyond human interaction. When we take the one we think we might be falling in love with out for a nice night together we’ll be looking past them oftentimes, thinking about what we had learned from them from a bland passage about themselves in an online profile, or we’ll be disinterested and unappreciative of time together considering we’d been texting all day. Mostly that people used to be much more mysterious and enchanting than they are now, but that the vast majority of us wouldn’t have to worry about it because we’d be unaware of how bland life was becoming- and the beautiful thinkers would suffer struggling to find a person they can look across a table at and feel something other than time passing and a complete lack of wonder.