“A fixation with connecting with ‘friends’ online comes with the risk of disconnection with friends waiting for you to be present in the offline world.” ― Craig Hodges
THE KANGAROO’ S PARADOX
All of a sudden a well dressed kangaroo enters.
It hops to the counter with a ten pounds note in its paw and orders a cappuccino with a piece of cake and a straw.
The barmaid, who when she got the job was told by the management that as long as a customer pays she must serve everybody without asking any questions, promptly makes a cappuccino, picks a slice of cake and a straw, puts them on a tray and gives it to the kangaroo.
Once served the kangaroo with its tray hops to a free table, sits down and happily starts to sip the cappuccino through a straw and eats the cake while observing the people in the café’.
It stays there about twenty minutes, then, once it has finished its consumption, raises from its seat, hops to the door, waves a paw to the barmaid to say goodbye and exits into the street.
Now, since you are there, rather startled by what you saw you feel compelled to get up from your seat and go the next table where a young lady is seated to ask her what she thought of it all.
“Of the dressed up kangaroo that sat at that table sipping a cappuccino with a straw and eating a slice of cake,” you promptly say, “I mean, don’t you think that it was rather odd? Could it have escaped from the zoo? And where on earth did it get that dress that it was wearing from?”
“A dressed up kangaroo sipping a cappuccino with a straw and eating a piece of cake, HAHAHA… are you pulling my leg sir?” she replies laughing. At that, other nearby customers who have overheard the conversation between you and the young lady look at you quizzically first and then start also to laugh too.
At that point you apologize saying “Yes, hahaha… it was just a joke. I thought of reviving the place a bit with it. Hmmm?”
And so you return to your table asking to yourself whether you have imagined it all and made a fool of yourself.
But you haven’t imagined it all because the kangaroo actually was in the café’ for about twenty minutes drinking and eating at a table.
There no way that you can ask to the barmaid that served the kangaroo to confirm it, because first of all if it was an hallucination she may think that you are trying to be funny or that you are a bit of a nutcase, while if it really happened, as you know, when she got the job she was instructed by the management to serve all customers without commenting or asking personal questions as long as they pay. We are in Britain, you see, where privacy is the first sacred and unquestionable law of the land…
So what happened?
hat happened was that all the people in the café didn’t notice the kangaroo because they were totally absorbed in typing on their laptops, tablets, talking in their smart-phones or reading a book or a newspaper. That is how life more or less is nowadays in London UK and perhaps in many other places around the world.
In other words once upon a time people used to go to cafés in order to interact with each other as a form of face to face socialization but not any longer.
From being a social species they have evolved into some sort of virtually social species and forgot their face to face sociability.
Now having told you this, which is something that as a regular cafes customer I notice everyday, my question is: is this sudden evolutionary change triggered by the digital world of the web and the media good or bad?
More to the point: is it a giant step forward for mankind or a giant step backward? I leave to you to decide my friend.