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June 17, 2013 at 5:13pm
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Jonathan Safran Foer writing for the NY Times:

We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die.

I don’t agree with Safran Foer’s pessimistic view that technology is negatively impacting our ability to be compassionate, to care, and to love. As Christopher wrote on Twitter, “it’s an easy excuse to blame technology instead of owning your relationships and behavior.”

I highlighted Safran Foer’s conclusion not only because it’s beautiful but because technology helps us do exactly what he concludes it doesn’t: be attentive to the needs of others.

Technology augments and extends our ability to let people know that they are loved. And few needs are more fundamental than that.

Notes

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