Lanier writes with the soul of a poet about the glorious potential of technology, and how it differs from our current deployments. Kimmerer writes about the connections between nature and culture, between science and spirit.
There is more in common between these two authors than you might think. Kimmerer writes:
Labor Day always carries with it a sense of the other kind of labor, the labor of birth. No matter how relaxing the holiday, around the edges there is a tinge of excitement – and sometimes anxiety – about the new season that is emerging. This buzzy feeling usually leads me straight to technology, wanting to organize and respond, to rearrange files and delete emails – and there is some benefit to this, for sure. But last night I took out a piece of paper, and a pen, and a different sort of clarity emerged.
Dear friends, whatever we are preparing for this weekend, let’s try to set our apps aside.
Let’s look at something – or someone – we love.
Look again. Closer.
Attend to what we see.