I was speaking to an elderly man the other day and I offered a solution on something that said, "You should go to their website and." To which I got a response of, "I do not believe in the internet and wont have it." Sitting there for a moment, feeling rather shocked at this comment, I realized this kind of response is common. People now a days, love to say they do not believe in things and think that makes sense. Why do I say this?
Think about the comment I mentioned. Does the mere fact that a person does not want to use something, touch something or acknowledge the presense of something. Make it not real? So, does the internet exist? Yes, it does and without it we would not be able to read this and actually share comments. So why would someone say they do not believe in it?
While I know several elderly people use the internet, many have let society pass them by. Taking the stance that I will walk to catch up to a world that is running, and hope that one day people will see my response as smart. Too which the gap between where you left off, grows wider and wider, from the reality of where society moves with each day. Yet to many, this makes sense? Why?
Because of fear! If we accept that something we want to ignore is real, we have to acknowledge that we have not done enough to acknowledge it or are too weak to face it. Basically, we have to just say to ourselves, "I have a responsiblity now, and can not always lean on others to do everything or accept my ignorance." So I will simply say I do not believe it in and act as if I am right.
So, as I reflect today on this comment, and type on the internet. I am glad I do not sit in ignorance and fear, in a place with a television with no remote control. In a home with rabbit ears to tune in my 3 channels. In a place that has magazines on the table that have dates that show they came out in 19 something and so on. I know the future moves on, that things we might not be fully aware of, exist. For just simply saying, "I do not believe something," does not make it any less real.
The internet exist!