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Look up

12 May 2014, 15:02

This video doesn't really cover something new, but it does drive home a good point that forces one to take a step back... and look up.

Like all the movies of old, one notices that people have had a problem looking up.

When looked at literally, we see how many heroes or unfortunate souls in TV shows always get killed because as they were looking around the corner for the threat, they completely forgot to look UP where the threat actually was and then... BAM!

It's a tired tool of horrors and action movies, that very few directors move away from, but it gets the effect they want, every time.

But as we move away from the 'literal' sense, we come across the emotional turmoil that bends our will to a place where all we can think, with far too much frequency, is that it's not our problem.

I think it's this 'emotional' aspect of looking down that has made social media such a powerful drug that has made mankind it's slave.

The ease with which the interwebs has made the act of not giving two flicks of the next person, unless they provided some form of entertainment or something of equal value, is something that greatly appeals to a world where life is forever put on hold 'until after this episode' or perhaps 'when this person or that person has finally replied'.

People have too easily become mere observers of the world and those few that actually choose to live in it. Most of us have found some inexplicable comfort in watching others do the things we want or learn and use the skills we desire. All the while some of us console ourselves that eventually we'll get there.. we'll do that.

How sad.

In this video we see how closed off we make ourselves and miss the chances that can take us from simply being observers to becoming those coveted few  that we have observed.

It's a depressing thought when one has to look back on life and wonder how many chances have been wasted because we were unable to look away from the screen for even a fraction of a second.

It seems almost akin to the stupid crime of texting while driving and we all know the horrid consequences that can have. The only difference seems to be that instead of destroying another's life, it is our own that we slowly chip away at.

Everyone's days are numbered and I'm glad someone took the time to show us, in such a poetic way, what it is we're missing while we ignore that fact.

Time is a very finite thing that an infinite amount of people have taken for granted for far too long.

So like our poetic friend suggests, shouldn't we look up and take in the beauty that is all around us and maybe live in it a little while we're here?

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