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The Great Cell Phone Crisis

The Great Cell Phone Crisis

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Some people are funny. Some are insightful. Some are cynical. Some find a humorous touch in everything. Others find irony. Some write beautifully. Few people do them all as well as Rabbi Yaakov Salomon does. Entertaining, inspiring, astute, he has the uncommon ability to look something to give us pause and make us think. His new book, Something to Think About , gives us just that -- with a healthy dose of wit and charm. Click here to order.

June 24, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 35

(35) Anonymous, November 21, 2007 10:22 AM

what did you do in the end???

well i defenetly think there is to much technolagy involved but some of the accesorys are useful! its a crisis. what did you do in the end rabbi soloman???

(34) bnolen, August 29, 2006 12:00 AM

What is need?

A fine line has been blurred in our society. The line between need and want has virtually disappeared.

A good example was Hurricane Katrina. Cell phones did not work. Neither did land lines. The news showed looters stealing televisions! Not food or fuel, but televisions!

I NEEDED a cell phone when I was away from home most of the day. Now that I am able to stay home, I don't NEED one (btw, if you use Verizon, I will gladly send you my cell phone. *grin* Seems like such a waste of a relatively new cell phone).

While the extras may be fun, they ultimately cost you: money, time, battery life, relaxation, etc.

(33) Bea Garoon, July 26, 2006 12:00 AM

Something to research

There must be tons of writings on the topic of "moderation". At the age of 83,I find my computer a necessary "thing" as well as my cell phone (no camera or email)and, in moderation, other 2lst century conveniences.

(32) aliza, July 5, 2006 12:00 AM

there's another problem, as well

When one has all his eggs in one basket, as it were, I find these people tend to bury their noses in their devices and miss the rest of the world. It's bad enough that you can be reached by phone everywhere, but now you can constantly check your email. And if you *can*, then you *will*. And once you get used to having constant access, you get antsy when having an actual face-to-face conversation - someone could be emailing you RIGHT NOW! and you're missing it, because you're *talking* to someone.

Bare bones is best. We're not all so important that we have to be reachable every second.

(31) N Shine, July 5, 2006 12:00 AM

we all need clarity

The obvious problem with fancy life toys like cell phones is that some people do not know how to cope when the technology fails them, for example, relying on man-made devices does not provide the necessary resource skills to cope if lost in a forest with no reception. Many tragic choices have been made because people have learnt to rely on technology, and on others. The more one has learnt to rely on cell phones and other technological solutions that one does not understand, the less one will have patience and intelligence, and real basic survival skills to deal with new situations. Also, to be humble enough to learn how to build real relationships with real people.

Besides the unusual circumstance of being lost in a real forest, I understand that we are all wading through a virtual forest on our journey through childhood, adulthood, and on towards the Next World - the purpose for which we are created.

I think one has to weigh up each of three things before deciding:

Firstly, any added luxury soon feels like a basic necessity, meaning that we have to waste time and energy earning more to cover it. Therefore it is good practise to try to not be swayed into something you have never needed before. In Hebrew, this is known as "histapkus be'mu'ot", meaning "managing with less", and is highly approved of by Rabbi Dessler, zt"l, and others.

Secondly, give a thought to whether it it will complicate one's life unduly, giving an undeserved feeling of being "with it" that rocks one's intelligence and self control.

Thirdly, bear in mind, whether this is a tool that will help on one's journey through to the next world. Sometimes modern technology can be a good thing, and sometimes it is detrimental. For example, Rabbi Salomon, I for one am glad you have the tools you need to broadcast your message the way you do. It depends who you are, what your job is right now, and how self-controlled you honestly are.

Hatzlocho in your search, Rabbi Salomon, and thanks for your wonderful thoughts to think about.

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