Friday, July 22, 2005

NYC

Spent the day in lower Manhattan today - doing sightseeing and the usual tourist things.

I am thoroughly overtaken by the diversity of humanity. The subway, with everyone lost in reading a paperback, the paper, or listening to music, emphasizes the isolation that is possible among so many people. There was a salesman in our subway car on one trip, trying to sell Duracell batteries for $1.00. His pitch was you didn't want to wait until the music stopped to get new batteries. Just made me think . . . how we wouldn't want the cocoon of music to stop.

Later on the ferry back to Battery Park, a young jewish man was shooting pictures out of the same window as me, trying to get just the right shot of the the Statue of Liberty - and I noticed the earphones he was wearing - keeping him company on the ride.

Probably if I had an ipod I would be doing the same (he actually had a CD player).

Connecting, community. The urban setting has so many possibilities for community . . . but I probably wouldn't cultivate it if I were living here. The fact that I have to work to build it in my life right now is a good indication I would struggle even in the middle of so much humanity.

I've got much to learn about living relationally.

2 comments:

Anthony Parker said...

If people won't take their ear plugs out, maybe we have to start pod-casting. Granted, it's not very relational, but we have to start somewhere.

Ken Haynes said...

Hey- glad you are having a good trip. Thought about what yall might be doing up there. My favorites stops are Metropolitan Museum of Art.....the Modern Museum of Art was closed last time I was up there....but IBM ( the hand that feeds me)..was a huge financial contributor and strategic consultant to the the recent renovation at MOMA....heard it was pretty cool !

By the way-Deb and I went to the moonlight music cafe up in the Vestavia Center this week and heard a roots/alt-country group....from guess where! NYC...all natives of Manhattan. It was sort of ironic. They were quite good. Band called Red Rooster. Don't know how bands make a living..


Your observations on people and their pods were right on. I remember riding the 4-5-6 train and everyone was just in their own little world.