Life…..it has evolved. Today, we drive for hours to work at jobs we dont like. We have instant coffee, heat-em-and-eat-em meals in minutes, cell phones that show video and soon television. We have cable and satellite tv with over 500 channels, (and still nothing on). We have mp3 players that can store thousands of songs, entire albums (yes, albums. You remember, big black shiny things that had about 12 songs each on it that had a kewl static in the background when you played it.) We have movies on demand instead of going to the movie theaters. We have simulation games instead of board games. We have a speed limit that is greater than the ability most people have to drive a car safely and still we exceed even the posted limits.
So with all of these conveniences, why do we still not have time for the things that are important. Like family, friends, and last but certainly not the least, God?
Well, I have found the answer. After searching the globe over, or at least my part of the globe here in Dallas, the answer is simple.
Someone put too many buttons on the controller.
Like most people, my age, I grew up with an Atari 2600. Like life at that time, simple. You had a joystick and a fire button. You could move up or down, left or right. Simple.
Life was simple too. All that I had to do was get up in the morning, go to school, come home and play Atari. In the summer, I cut grass to make enough money just to put gas in my motorcycle but that was usually on weekends.
Around Jr. High, they came out with a Nintendo. Smaller joystick but it now had 4 buttons. So now you could still move the same way but you had more choices, like life. I was in the band so that took up more time, I was older so I took on more responsibilities but still life was easy. No bills, nothing to worry about.
And so on it went. The games got more complex just as life got more complex.
Today, the Atari is long since gone and my X box has 12 buttons and not one, but 2 joysticks. Days of no bills, no mortgage, no insurance, no 12 hr day at my job are long since gone.
I have all the conveniences of life, all the gadgets that I could ever use, and everything to make my life simpler.
Now someone just either has to make away to put more than 24 hrs in a day or a way to take 11 buttons of of my controller…..
Anyone for a good game of Space invaders?