Do you ever wonder as I do, could the world be a better place. It seems to me that a good start would be if people would look up from their smart phones once in a while to smile or engage other people. Having just come back from town I note that most people walk around with their smart phone to their ear or walking along looking down at it. The information highway is a wonderful thing but walking around in a bubble shutting other people out is not good either. I suspect that many do that just so they appear busy and don't have to engage others, and isolate themselves. I wonder what ever happened to the old fashioned way of looking a stranger in the eye and talking to them - even if it was just about the weather.
It used to be that safe burglars would sand their finger tips to make them super sensitive and the nerves so acute that they could feel the tumblers fall into place as they turned the dial. Maybe we need to sand our senses so that we are more aware of the people around us so we can compliment someone on their nice shoes, hair style, smile, or just talk about the weather. Would that make the world a better place? I think so but then safe crackers no longer sand their finger tips because the safes today are electronic and tumblers don't fall into place anymore. I guess the same rational applies to interpersonal relations as long as we can hold a smart phone to our ear or walk along holding it in front of us. Maybe we no longer need the human interaction like we once did, and now we can have the perfect 'virtual' relationship electronically.
Just my observation but maybe the world hasn't changed at all. Maybe we have changed and isolated ourselves. Technology can be a very good thing to possess but so can human contact with strangers.