A few weeks ago, I tried to explain to my young daughter the concept of a phone booth. She couldn't quite understand that people used to go into a little booth, put coins in a phone, and stand there talking to someone.
Actually talking, not texting, emailing, or tweeting. A real, live connection.
She will likely never have the opportunity to experience making a simple phone call from a pay phone - she will more than likely be glued to a smartphone where she can maintain a running commentary with hundreds, if not thousands, of people, without ever using her actual voice. Something gets lost in translation though, in all those sterile written words, given life with emoticons rather than a laugh, smile, or tear. In so many ways we are more connected than we ever have been before, yet I still encounter people who feel lost, lonely, and disconnected, despite their hundreds of "friends".
I came across this short film, which encourages us to unplug from technology for a moment and to look up and experience the connection and love that we all long for. Take a moment to watch it, and then Look Up.