Tuesday, October 10, 2006


I've decided that the effect of blogs on the soul is very similar to that of being in a car. When you're driving, it's easy to get mad at other drivers for being careless or stupid or just really inconvenient. However, this emotion is not checked by the natural respect people have for one another when face to face. We wouldn't say to Mrs. Reynolds, age 85, to her face anything like what we say to her from the comfort and anonymity of our car. This depersonalization of human interaction prompts a decay in normative social behavior. People are ruder to each other when they don't have to deal with an actual person. When you don't see the other person, you don't have to deal with the fact that you're hurting someone by what you say. But by becoming habituated to this dehumanization of social interaction, people crush even that natural human response to personhood of the other. Cars -- and blogs -- enable the disabling of the power to see each other as true others, as persons endowed with personality and hence with dignity. As a remedy, I propose that cars and computers be abolished and that we return to the stone age.


Blogger Annie said...

I'm all for it Whiskey - instead of dealing cowardly verbal blows from a keyboard, we could actually be at liberty to bash those who annoy us over the head with hand-hewn instruments of correction. This might be particularily effective for nihilistic philosophers and professed theorists of deconstructionism.

8:14 PM, October 11, 2006  
Blogger GreenGirl said...

Excellent point. But it could also be fallen human nature to find roads by which we can feed our pretentious desire to be right without the inconvenience of having to treat humans with respect. Journalism of the past and present, literature (look at all the people who Dante put in hell), and slavery has given everyone this opportunity in different ways. Although I've known a number of people who are plenty rude without having to hide behind a computer or in a car.

Maybe in an odd way cars and computers could be benificial, if only in how they are revealing; the rudeness demonstrated by road rage and obnoxious blogging clearly reveals who some of us truly are when we don't think that anyone is really looking. This is when we know that our priorities aren't in order, because they forget that God can see through metal, rubber, and electric wires.

Just a thought of the moment. Like your blog, btw.:)

8:43 AM, October 29, 2006  
Blogger Whiskey said...

I agree, gg, but I think that vice is encouraged when given the opportunity for exercise. Not that we aren't like this anyway, but that letting us act out nourishes what is latent in us.

2:23 PM, November 01, 2006  

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