“We always did feel the same
We just saw it from a different point of view.” -Bob Dylan
Last week I wrote about how Blue LED lights are what’s wrong with Christmas. I argued they in fact make us less human.
But Blue LED Christmas lights are also what’s right about Christmas.
How is that possible?
Let’s begin this exercise in mental flexibility by remembering that the Blue LED light won the Nobel Prize because it begat the ultra-white LED light — which thus made the Smart Phone possible.
And now 2 Billion of us Humans, for better or worse, are married to their smart phone.
I am one of the 2 billion who has had their ultra-white wedding.
My smart phone harbors so much of what I love about life, that claiming to hate it is not just pretending to be a Ludite — it’s an ultra-white lie.
And when another fuse blew while hanging my regular, old, non-LED outdoor Christmas lights two days ago, it was a reminder that the old ways are flawed too.
Further, to lament the aesthetics of Blue LED Christmas Light is to forget that Christmas itself is an invention of man.
Christmas is a mash-up of various Winter Solstice mythologies with the origin-story of Christ, who wasn’t born in December.
Thus, Blue LED Lights are not just what’s right about Christmas, they’re a sign of our times — the rapid, relentless, compounding, forward advancement of the Human Race and the fluid, ever-changing nature of existence.
Blue LED and all they represent… are the Zeitgeist. Which by definition makes them basically the most human thing there is (for better or worse).
Every time you look at a Blue LED light and your vision is unclear, remember — so too is the future.
And in light of that future uncertainty… let’s just enjoy our presents.