The image shown here is a great piece of art by Steve Cutts and shows a stark illustration of today's society - people walking along the streets, glued to their phones. He has many other great illustrations, many of which illustrate the madness of modern life.
Last Friday, arriving early in the City, I took up residence in a coffee shop opposite Cannon Street station. Rather than reach for technology, I sat, sipping my coffee, looking out the window at the masses rushing by. I was astounded by what I saw over the space of 30 minutes!
Now, these are not exactly accurate sampled figures, but is just what I saw. You can argue that it is not representative of everywhere, but is just my observation of 08:15 - 08:45 on Friday morning in London.
- at least 2 out of every 3 with headphones in
- at least 1 out of every 3 (included in the above mostly) staring at their phones / ipads etc whilst crossing the road
- only 2 sets of people having a conversation!
Talk about auto-bots!
Here is the thing, all those people, head in technology, receiving all sorts of messages, yet here they were in a huge crowd of people they did not know, dangers all around, and all this with no awareness and in fact restricting the survival senses they were born with.
Survival aside, spare a thought for the poor architects who design the magnificent skyline which now goes unappreciated, never mind the gifts of nature which we are all blessed with.
Although the seagulls in Cornwall sometimes wake us up with great gusto, I'd still much rather have that than slide into the world of desensitisation, abandoning our senses, and missing out on the wonders around us.
Put the phone in your pocket, unplug the headphones, talk to others, appreciate nature, and live a little.
It’s true that Cutts’s art is depressing, but only because his images are so close to the truth. Here is a selection of some of his best works: