Mama, Dada, Goo-Gle
I had my plans Friday night as I left work. I was going to the Civic box office to pick up some tickets for a show they have been advertising. Later I had a softball game and was looking forward to that! I quickly walked out to my car to get everything started. To my surprise the key didn’t turn. I tried again and again and nothing. It was locked and my key could not turn the ignition switch. After a few minutes I called home. My son answered the phone. I asked him to bring the spare key thinking maybe that my key had worn down and that was the problem. When he arrived I found that the spare key didn’t work either. Quickly he pulled out his phone and got on the internet. Within a couple of minutes he told me to turn the wheel at the same time I turned the key. Remarkably that was the answer. The key turned just as it was supposed to and I was on my way! I haven’t been driving this car very long and I don’t know all of it’s little quirks. It seems if the wheel is turned the whole thing can get locked up. The quick remedy my son found was brought to you by Google Search.
Before I came along my mom and dad were home one day when an encyclopedia salesman came to the door. They were in the perfect market as they had a little two year old girl. It made the sales pitch so much easier as the salesman talked about making an investment in her future. Those were the days of the printed word and families throughout our country were buying the Encyclopedia Britannica volumes for the same reasons my mom and dad bought them. Years and years passed as the Encyclopedia Britannica made everyone happy including their sales force. This was before the computer started taking over. Wickopedia and Google started chipping into their sales. That chipping with a pic and hammer became more like demolision with a crane and wrecking ball. Last year Encyclopedia Britannica made a decision that many felt was long overdue. They would not be printing in hard copy anymore because of their increasing yearly sales losses.
In a way it was kind of a sad day because personally I like books. I like holding the specific book I am reading as it was written. I do not own a Kindle even though I will admit it would free up my house from bundles of books. There was something about the book volume of the encyclopedia too. You were likely to pick it up and thumb through it finding interesting things you weren’t even looking for. I remember the research papers we had to write in school. One of the challenges was going to the library and going through the card catelog. This little exercise helped me develop skills in problem solving. Finding the book was not the end of the exercise either. Going through the book and reading a lot of unrelated stuff was part of the process. Suddenly finding the information that was needed to make a point for the report was very satisfying. These days that whole process is watered down. Finding things on the computer is fast and easy much like the fast food hamburger. There is no need to dig for information. It’s much like the gold is waiting to be picked up free of charge!
The picture above is almost too real to be funny! In our computer led society I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a frequent occurrence.
One of my all time favorite TV shows was “The Wonder Years!” I liked the show because Kevin (the main character) was about my age so I could relate to things he was going through in that time. He described his childhood in the late 60’s and early 70’s. One of my favorite episodes was when Kevin had a disagreement with his best friend Paul. As kids do they started not speaking to each other and sought out new best friends. Kevin and Paul would have spirited verbal exchanges when trading their baseball cards. They both knew the abilities of the players on the cards. When Kevin tried to replace Paul with this new friend Doug he found the spirited conversation missing. It came to a head when Doug gladly traded his Willie McCovey card for an unknown player named Don Schwartz. The challenge was gone in Kevin’s thinking and a short time later Kevin and Paul were back together.
Sometimes in everyday conversation we would find that we disagreed with the other person on some trivial fact. The conversation might have gotten interesting as we knew that what we were saying was right. Sometimes after a week or so of research one of the parties could claim victory and report to the wrongly mistaken party their information. The conversation came up about The Keebler Company the other day. I knew that they were bought out by Kellogg’s and now made their home in Battle Creek. I was almost sure that they had been in Grand Rapids at one time. My son quickly Googled “Keebler” and it never mentioned Grand Rapids. A quick answer with facts beyond argument and here I sat thinking how life was without Google. There was a price to pay like “do your chores and then you can go out and play.” These days a quick visit to Google and the chores are all done!
Sometimes we find out things in normal conversation that we never really thought of. We were wondering why my son never wears his wristwatch so we asked him last week. “My generation doesn’t wear wristwatches”, he told us, “if we want to see the time we just pull out our phone.” I guess some things are generational things, some things I have to adapt to, and sometimes I have to accept changes going on around me.
I suppose someday probably right after a young child utters their first words of “mama” or “dada” they will be uttering “goo-gle.” I have to admit that in my hour of need with the car problem Google Search came through big time! I didn’t have the time or the resources to conduct a massive research study to find my problem. I have concluded that Google (just like the internet) can be bad or good depending on how it is used. I have also concluded that sometimes when you have to work for something it is more valuable than if it is given to you.
Years ago I was talking to a guy at work named Ryan. Ryan didn’t seem like a deeply spiritual guy but the subject got to the question of our existance. When the conversation and questions were going in that direction Ryan said in response “You mean the big one?” As Ryan suggested it is the big question. It’s a question that people have struggled with through time. It will not be properly answered by a quick Google Search. It may take hours and days of deliberation. One book that will never be outdated is God’s book of the universe. If ever there is a doubt as to if there is a God all we have to do is look around us. Look up in the sky at the amazing power of the Sun! Look around at all of the creation he has provided for us! Look at yourself and your family and the fact that you and they are miracles in themselves!
I came across some information while thinking about “the big question”, as Ryan called it. The late Dr. Arthur E. Wilder-Smith, was an honored scientist with three doctorates! He was a former Evolutionist until his opinion shifted. He debated many leading scientists on the subject throughout the years. He stated that “The Evolutionary model says that it is not necessary to assume the existence of anything, besides matter and energy, to produce life. That proposition is unscientific. We know perfectly well that if you leave matter to itself, it does not organize itself – in spite of all the efforts in recent years to prove that it does.” You might wonder where I got all of this wonderful information about the opinion of this renowned scholar? I used the good side of the Google Search!