the loss of words.

August 13, 2008

As a baby of the 80’s and a teenager of the 00’s I am proud to say that technology has always been a part of my life. First computer in 6th, cell phone in 7th grade, tv since I can remember, but when did the luxury of technologies take away from the essence of human contact? I never really thought about it until my best friend brought it up but take me for example, I swoon at a witty text message, get goosebumps from a voicemail and cry at a sappy romantic comedy. What happened to the days when girls swooned over elegant (hand written) love letters, or cried at the magic of real love. It seems like today all it takes is a “good talker.” If you can say the right words then that must mean your feelings are behind them.

It just seems like, people don't need people anymore. As long as they can call and text, the people at the other end, are just a minority detail. It’s sad really. Here’s a love note from Napoleon Bonaparte -

I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart! Are you angry? Do I see you looking sad? Are you worried?… My soul aches with sorrow, and there can be no rest for you lover; but is there still more in store for me when, yielding to the profound feelings which overwhelm me, I draw from your lips, from your heart a love which consumes me with fire? Ah! it was last night that I fully realized how false an image of you your portrait gives!

You are leaving at noon; I shall see you in three hours.

Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.

So, even though sometimes its easier to let our cell phones do the talking, its our job to never forget the power of words.

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