Reading more in Ellard (Places of the Heart) and he wonders whether people , especially younger people have as substantial an experience of an inner life these days, compared to previous generations. Tech researcher, Sherry Turkle, and others have described how our reliance on our online lives diminishes our interest in, capacity for and benefits from an inner life – that part of us which establishes memories and meaning. If people, especially our growing generations are walking less, this will only exaggerate the effect of our disconnection from the material world.
This is one reason why I was so pleased to meet a young mom and her 18 month old walking on the path this morning. There were no mediators or tech devices, just the mom and her little guy walking along with the trees and critters on one side and the river on the other. Very lucky kid!