there is a lot of talk about the wonders of science and technology,
with little mention of any downside. The same science used to create
medicine and jumbo jets has also resulted in nuclear and bio weapons, and has left our planet polluted possibly beyond repair. A science
that produced the world-wide web and remote-controlled devices, has
created an alternate reality where people interact, face-to-face, less
Modern technology is making us more introverted,
self-engaged, and lost within our own "virtual" existence. This
can be dangerous on many levels, creating a social environment with
less and less love and feeling for each other. It seems like
American society is becoming less and less friendly; a society where
everybody talks and nobody listens.
was raised in working-class neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area,
where the majority of families were supported by a single
wage-earner's income. Yet I never once heard of a child without
access to health, dental, and optical care. Out of 3800 mostly
working-class students in my high school, I never heard of a single
one who was either hungry or homeless.
term "homeless" was essentially off the public radar in Southern
California until after I graduated from high school in 1968. I don't
recall this word being mentioned in any media or in any conversation
during my entire childhood. "Poverty" referred to people living on Indian reservations, in
Appalachia, Central and South America, and especially Africa. There
was virtually no conception of poverty within our own blue-collar
children, we interacted with a large group of other kids outside for
hours nearly every day. We often played after dark and in local
parks without parental supervision or fear of abduction. We learned to interact with each other on a face-to-face, peer basis and experienced a healthy childhood reality.
Richard Aberdeen is a Nashville, Tennessee based author and songwriter and owner of Freedom Tracks Records, a multi-genre independent record label focusing on political and social issues, where the music is always free.