By Saberra Cruz
I lost my cell phone yesterday. I thought I should panic and I did. Last night I could hardly sleep, thinking how unhappy and incomplete life would be without a thing to connect me to the world without friends and colleagues texting me for all and silly reasons to make the world colorful, not dull and empty. Or so I thought.
Then at 2 o’clock in the morning something came to my mind after turning and tossing in bed desperately forcing myself to relax. I ended up thinking, what the hell, it’s nice to be disconnected sometimes and bring myself with a little sense of mystery to others who in familiarity took me for granted, seen as too ordinary and sometimes, irrelevant.
Other than I love you, one of the sweetest three words this days is, “asa ka now?” Both on text and call, and as cheap as I can get, I feel important and relevant even if the guy on the other line wants to borrow money or simply plain annoy me.Talk about being connected all the time.
Why should I allow myself to be reach 24 hours a day when I’m no doctor. I won’t be a slave to other people’s needs and lost my sanity after so much insecurity of fearing to lose credibility, work, imaginary business deals, and all material reasons in this technology-controlled world.
I should stop believing the self-serving gimmicks of communication companies to be “connected” all the time and take life without those gadgets easy and cool.
Think about it, people after World War 2 and until the 90s and 2000s remain the warmest, caring and knowledgeful human beings and they don’t have those stupid cell phones to help them connected all the time. And they need not be connected from morning to night.
Cell phones are needed by communication companies to make huge money out of the people who are programmed we will die and useless if we don’t have mobile phones in our pockets. Go ask the millennials.
I see young people with phones on jeepneys, restaurants and cafés, theaters and malls, at school and offices. I was tempted to tell them they should also be bringing toilet bowls wherever they go. Yes people, cell phones and a toilet bowl suit you perfectly. Don’t you think you need them both now?
Come on, if it’s required, demanded, endorsed by big business and government and the big boss, you will do it, You have no choice. As for myself, it’s 5 a.m. and I am taking a walk outside and wow, nobody’s bothering me what am doing or where I am. I am a free man!
Artwork courtesy of Picswe