A few years ago I hired a guy to fix my Mac. He said he had to “defragment” the disk. So I learned about that. Then I got in my car to drive to LA and as usual KUSC (my favorite classical music station) was on the radio. A radio host asked a composer, “Why don’t modern composers write music we can hum?” I love music and thought that a very pertinent question. The composer answered “Because we live in a fragmented age.”
Fragmentation has been going on for a long time according to the “big-bang” theorists. The concept of defragmentation, however, is relatively new, as any computer-literate person will tell you. Personal mental defragmentation is required as surely as with the computer. The effects of the personal problem are often seen as excessive inattentiveness, impulsiveness and hyperactivity and have long medical names and suggested solutions. It is evidenced in lack of reading skills, disinterest in the values of art, music and the usual lessons of constructive life experience.
But, today’s communication technology also heralds positive change. And rather than be overwhelmed and intimidated by it, our challenge is to manage it constructively. We can turn this fear and confused human concept into productive and healing action in our lives. It is our choice. Take the time to read a good book and listen to good music.