It seems to me that our current culture is one of instant gratification. Evidence of this can be seen when we try to teach our children to wait for their reward. Rather than accepting that what they want will eventually come, in all its glory, we enter into a negotiation for lesser, but more immediate, rewards. "You can have dessert after dinner." "Can I have a cookie now?" "Just a small piece of candy?" I feel this is what we are also doing to our relationships. We have substituted authentic, deep, emotional connections for immediate, instantly gratifying, twitterships. In this age where contact through technology has become ubiquitous, we settle for what "feels" like connection because we can have it now. We have learned how to microwave our relationships, but I fear that in the end we are missing the value and satisfaction of a slow-cooked connection. As Sherry's daughter implied, we prefer what looks real and has the archetypal characteristics of the real thing, over the apparent "lackluster" of the the "live" thing itself.
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