“Whatever happened to our world?”, she asked her husband. It was the year 2050, but just yesterday, before she went to sleep and woke up, it was only 2015. Not a single page of paper was in sight, no evidence of a library that wasn’t digital, and there no way to deliver news unless a device was used. She said, “I’m unhappy. This world changed too fast.”
Her husband looked up his myriad of computer screens, holding the newest, most advanced smartphone that detected this feeling of dissatisfaction from his wife and began to list ways to cope. The nearest dispensary, the closest counselor, directions to the liquor store three blocks away. Ignoring the smartphone’s suggestions, the husband looked confused and asked, “How could you be unhappy? We have the world at our fingertips, now more than ever. There’s nothing we can’t do without the aid of technology. It’s incredible!”
The wife sighed and looked down at her smartphone. I guess this new world is better than the old, she thought. But she wasn’t convinced.
“Remember libraries?” She asked him. She pictured the endless rows of bound pages, the smell of old books, the way the sunlight shone through the windows, illuminating the dust particles in the air. It was so beautiful to her. “And remember when you could go to the mall and shop around at all the stores? We would spend days getting lost just looking at all of the different stuff.”
Her husband laughed and said, “Come here, let’s pull up Amazon and we can look at THOUSANDS of different things from all over the world. Right here, right now.”
The wife shrugged her shoulders and sighed again heavily. She longed for the rickety piano in the corner and the record player, and all the scratched vinyl. She longed for paper and pen, warm colors, physical copies of things – pictures on walls, photo albums on shelves.
Change isn’t good for everyone. Some people don’t know how to deal with change as much as some people always crave some type of change. She didn’t know what to think anymore. Was there something missing? Or was she simply stuck in the past, hindering her own happiness?