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The world’s pain is in our pockets, thanks to our iPhones

by Matt Boren

The only thing I can watch right now are reruns of sitcoms from the 80’s and QVC.

The sitcoms because they are warm, kind and bring me back instantly to my childhood, when I didn’t know of the pain the world was in. QVC because my mom watches it and has sent me some really awesome things from it: A great Argan oil sunblock, a sponge that can literally clean anything and a wicked cool water-hose. Also, the people on QVC seem not to know that the world around us is collapsing. They chat about wireless, cranberry irons as though they were on a sitcom, in the 80’s, when it all seemed a bit better.

Seemed better. But it wasn’t. We are just grown up now.

Parents now. And the world’s pain is in our pockets, thanks to our iPhones.

I sometimes go hours without checking in on the news of the Earth. But I can’t seem to cut the cables. I want to and I don’t want to. Don’t we all want not to know? It is so heartwrenching to know. And then you look at your friends, family, children and you think “Oh my God I would… I can’t even say what I would do or who I would become if something happened to my…”

I remember that in first grade we were each given a globe. I was spinning my globe, marveling at the wide world I never knew existed outside of Massachusetts and some kid came over and grabbed my globe and threw it to the ground. The globe flew off its axis and cracked. My teacher had it replaced the next day.

Our globe, however, the real one we are inhabiting, can’t be bought again from a teacher’s supply store at Shopper’s World. On that note, I just looked on QVC and they sell the perfect thing to accompany this article.

I spent my entire childhood celebrating holidays with our dear friends, the Crowes. The Crowes lived across the street and they would come to us to celebrate our Chanukah and we would go to them to celebrate their Christmas. Not only did we all get ten times more presents than we would have if only celebrating one holiday, but we got to learn about each other’s religions and cultures. We were neighbors of different heritage and we embraced those differences and grew more loving, compassionate and wiser because of that. The Crowes loved our Judaism and respected it. We loved their Catholicism and respected it. And guess what – it wasn’t difficult. It was easy.

If we lean on the theory that we are all connected, all of us all over the planet – if we understand we are on one planet governed by one vast universe – if we can really, truly get that, than perhaps we can really, truly get it. And if we can surrender the grudges and forgive the insanity, the buckets of mistakes we have all made, then and only then can we start again.

I can hate that kid still for knocking my globe off its axis, but my suffering would be so powerful I would never experience the beauty.

And I want to experience the beauty. Don’t we all want for that?

Matt Boren

About Matt Boren

Matt Boren grew up on the East Coast. He is a writer/actor currently living in Los Angeles. He danced to "My Prerogative" at his bar mitzvah where his theme was Hollywood.

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