I have long been a fan of Kansas City-based golfer Tom Watson (pictured here), one of the best players in the history of the game.
And I've liked him not just for his skill on the links but for his integrity, shown in countless ways on and off the course. I've seen Tom in person several times and a year or two ago got to follow him around to watch him play in a tournament for a few holes but I've never met him.
That said, it didn't surprise me the other morning to discover Tom being interviewed on CNBC because of a new commercial he's done on behalf of MasterCard.
What I especially liked was Tom's warning that our mobile devices -- smart phones, iPads, etc. -- are taking up so much of our time nowadays that we don't have enough time for interpersonal relations.
I regret that when CNBC posted the interview with Tom to which I've linked you above, it cut out Tom's wise words about this matter.
In the original interview, Tom removed his own cell phone from his jacket pocket and said that one reason more people aren't playing golf today or joining in similar activities that build community is that they are spending too much time on mobile devices.
Tom was, of course, pointing to an old problem of technology that others have raised many times, but it was good to see someone like Tom raise a red flag for people who watch this business channel. Get off your devices sometimes, he was saying, and look people in the eye for some human contact.
It's a lesson that faith communities also should be preaching.
Unplugging -- at least for a little while -- can rejuvenate us and give us a clearer perspective about life among real human beings. Let's remember what's real and what's virtual.
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THAT AIRLINER 'LEFT BEHIND' ALMOST EVERYONE
Billy Graham's daughter wonders if the disappearance of that Malaysian airliner with 239 people aboard is a foretaste of the "rapture" of the church. This strikes me as a category error -- comparing something that really happened with something that won't.
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P.S.: Some folks at Christian Universities Online have put together an interesting graphic about the first year in office for Pope Francis. You can find it here.