Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Sounds Of Solitude


People love to talk to each others. People want to connect. People socialize.

But not with the person sitting next to you.

Not with the person you are having coffee with.

No, during a cosy meeting with an acquaintance, this social contact receives calls to the cell phone, saying “I’ll just have to answer this one, ok?” and I continue to stir my cold coffee. 

I sit in the bus and listen to all those phones ringing around me. I look at children who stare blankly out of the bus window while mom is chanting on the phone. I look at two girls, the other is sending a text message while the other girl bites her nails. I hear a man telling her friend he’ll be soon, he’s sitting in the bus, give me ten minutes and I’ll be there.

All this connecting, all this socializing, and still I see so much loneliness around me, isolation in a crowd. Sounds of solitude.


8 comments:

jinksy said...

Very perceptive of you - cell phones have a lot to answer for (pardon the pun) x

hpy said...

You're so right about this. It's too easy to give a phone call, it would be much better to go and give a knock at the door instead. Take a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, and no phone calls given or received. I use my phone only for work, that's quite enough. Even there it's used too much. Instead of thinking for yourself when there's a small problem somewhere, you take the phone and you call someone who cannot help you at all. We're slaves, but we don't want to admit it.

Mick said...

This is my favorite video to date. :D

SusuPetal said...

Yes they have, Jinksy, and they make a rotten work :)

Slaves, that's true, HPY, always on the hand, at the end of the line, reachable, making and taking contact, always alert for the next call to come.

Thanks, Mick.

Lost in the city said...

Hi there!!
I totally relate to what you say ...
I loved the video!

SusuPetal said...

Thanks, Lost in the city -it seems to be a global issue.

Liisa said...

I totally agree. We have that equipment, but it doesn´t seem to connect. Just the opposite. Thank you, Susu, for saying aloud this perception.

SusuPetal said...

Near and yet so far, Liisa.