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Guy Tal: "For all the convenience and prosperity brought on by the internet, among its most tragic consequences is that so many spend so much of their time in human-made virtual worlds. In thinking about my experience right now, in contrast with that of millions mindlessly entertained, influenced, and marketed to through gadgets and screens, I wonder how many will regret—or even know to regret—not dedicating some significant portion of their lives to the raw sensations of the world for which we were shared in the course of billions of years of evolution."
I just spent several days in the Everglades and at the Canaveral National Seashore, and in a couple of weeks I'm off to Yosemite. Take some time like that and Tal's comments above seem sadly obvious when one looks around at all the people—young, middle-aged, old, black, white, male, female—with their heads down looking at a screen instead of lifting up their senses to the "raw sensations" of the glorious world around them.
Above: anhinga in the Everglades.