I’ve got too much change. Not the kind that can buy a Root Beer in a frosty mug. I mean the stuff around me.
I vividly remember having to get out of my chair and walk to the TV to change the channel from Channel 10 to Channel 8. Those were the two choices. Now, I can sit in my living room and talk into my remote and say “Andy Griffith” and two seconds later there’s old Barnie patrolling the streets of Mayberry. Some people have a little blue plastic dot in their house they call Alexa. They talk to her to turn on the lights for them, play music for them, lock the doors and I don’t know, maybe even flush the commode. I haven’t gone that far. But this Alexa further enhances the growing social issue I call “casual rudeness”. If you say please or thank you, it just confuses the little dot.
I did tour a “smart home” recently and I thought of it as a “stupid home”. That’s because in a few years, people living in those are going to be too stupid to turn on their own lights, raise their own blinds, set their own thermostat or find their own favorite songs on their CD. When the power goes out, they will just have to sit comatose in the dark until Alexa wakes up.
Social media is out of control, too. But here I am, on it. And here you are, too.
I do enjoy seeing the “Do you remember this” type photos and some of the nostalgic stuff, like the photo above. It prompted me to ask Alexa’s cousin, Siri, where the nearest A&W Root Beer Joint was and she replied in kind of an Artificially Intelligent smarty-britches tone “I do not understand.”
Thank God there is one thing that doesn’t change. No seriously. Thank God. The love of Jesus never changes. If you don’t know about it personally, find out. It’s the biggest and best change you’ll ever experience in your life and your eternity. I promise.