While listening to this show on my iPod (haha), I considered the question Krista posed. How do I use technology in a meaningful way? The most meaningful way I have used technology for the purposes of discovering and celebrating my "self" is indeed routinely listening to the On Being podcast on my iPod. I nurture my spirituality (at the very least) every Sunday going to my parents' church, but On Being satisfies my curiosity about the art of living in a personal way. I have considered how this type of "worship" has the potential of becoming a paradox, because as I am listening to and contemplating the ideas expressed by the people on this show in all reality I am forfeiting my awareness of what is going on around of me. I considered this dilemma last Sunday while riding in the backseat of a friend's car. My parents slept in that particular morning, which seems to have become a habit lately, and I was craving inner understanding and peace. As I was riding in the car with my boyfriend and his best friend I considered tuning out in order to tune in to Being. What would I miss riding in the car with them? We had a couple of destinations in mind: car dealerships. I determined that because I have not the funds to tempt myself to be materialistic and share their interest in new cars that it would be safe to tune out while they shared that moment together. Therefore, I turned on the Independence Day episode "The Inward Work of Democracy with Jacob Needleman." As I was listening, I tried to communicate that I wasn't completely removing myself from awareness, lovingly exchanging looks with my boyfriend and responding to their inclusion of me in making certain comments as best I could. It is worth noting that this was extremely difficult, as it was near impossible to refrain from deeply contemplating the ideas that Dr. Needleman brought forth. After listening to the show I felt my craving had been satisfied, but I couldn't ignore a sense of guilt for not having participated in much conversation with the boys. When we got home Dr. Needleman's call for having intelligent conversations with others about what America is and what it means to be an American also weighed heavily on my mind. I took a seat in the garage with my boyfriend and asked him what he thought America represents and whether it would be too ambitious of me to want to ask other Americans I may not know the same question. That garage quickly became what Professor Turkle would classify a sacred space. My boyfriend's best friend, who must have been drawn downstairs by my boyfriend's loud tenacity, entered into the conversation and all guilt for having removed myself from the car ride was resolved by our conversation in the garage. It was so delightful that when Krista posed the question about how we can make technology meaningful, I felt compelled to share!
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