Unfortunately, our great country has politicians and representatives who talk as if they have a hot baked potato in their mouth. Even the computer can’t keep track of how their politics change by the hour. Taking time to make up one’s mind on big decisions is okay, but after you’ve decided, changing to another policy is a sign of weakness, not compromise. At least France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi stick to their guns. (And then there’s Mrs. Sarkozy, Carla Bruni. I know for a fact that at a recent dinner party the French president and first lady flirted all night and had some amorous bodily contact.)
Speaking of government, my AOL home page tells me of the great advances in the business world and in medicine, which is certainly a business. But there is no mention of where the heart is in business today. After all, isn’t it about the people?
There are plenty of other questions the computer cannot answer—and plenty of ways it makes people lazy. For instance, children now type their thank-you notes rather than handwrite them, rely more on Google than the library and use the computer to do math calculations instead of writing them out.
Oh, but I suppose those are my 19th-century attitudes refusing to be subdued! Sure, the computer is fine, but the problem is everyone is looking for the next new thing—and even the computer can’t tell us what it is. Who wants it anyway? I’d rather have the old next thing.