“I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise…”**
Sherry Turkle writes about having met people who want to see robots developed as extensions of the self: ‘a robot will still be an other, but one that completes you.’^ Others dream of ‘intellectually and emotionally alive rooms [that] will collaborate with us.’^
I’m not anti-technology, far from it. We are creatures of endless possibility with an interactive environment and our technologies have helped us to understand this even more.
Technology comes withe a bright and a dark side, both improving human life while at the same time creating a disconnection with the environment out of which humans have developed. We won’t all be able to afford the robot that is the extension of the self or the room that is fully connected to us but we are all able to wander, to be present, following our curiosities and, so, firing our imaginations. Every day a being full of possibilities in the human adventure, possibly the universe’s adventure.
There are those who seek another way to become more connected and complete. They’re a mysterious community called The Wander Society. We don’t know who they are, but they’re not exclusive – anyone can join the society. One of their leaflet claims:
“[It’s possible to] have a much deeper experience of the world through the use of deep looking and regular documentation of everyday life. Through these practices we may be able to create a new narrative for ourselves, one in which we are at the centre of a powerful and important adventure.”^^
This is not sweet idyll. It is easier to purchase the technology then to find the time to enter into what is all around in nature and city and the other and the self. But to those who wander the possibility of time travel becomes available, to be those who dwell in the past, the present, and the future as one.
All are welcome to enter the adventure.
(*From a flyer produced by The Wander Society.)
(Dawna Markova, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(^From Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together.)
(^^From Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)