- - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Decades ago, in an especially prescient moment, Andy Warhol declared, “In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” His forecast has virtually become reality. In this age of electronic communication, when billions have access to hand-held or desktop devices that allow them to communicate the mundanity of their own, everyday lives, hundreds of millions do so.

The absurdity of most of these jots and musings reveals the utter self-absorption and lack of self-awareness common among the general population. Never in the recorded history of mankind has so much noise, by so many people, about so little been written and shared. The mindlessness and absurdity of this cacophony of sound will convince more advanced forms of life, should it be out there, that there are few, if any, intelligent beings on this mite of dust. We, located somewhere in the vastness of space and eternity of time, have overestimated our importance to the cosmos. Not long ago this affliction was reserved for infants and small children. No longer.

H. LEE LAPOLE

Loveland, Ohio

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