My Cell Phone, Myself: Philosophy of a Technology
Our cell company offers these ring tones: "screams" and "moaning" and much more. Don't ask. Everything is customized (even in a perverted sense); the self is endlessly flattered; choices explode; it gets old, and we want none of it. Here are our rules (so far).
1. We have a very minimal minutes plan. The cell is only for exigencies when my wife and I cannot use a land line.
2. We are not giving the number to anyone else, not even Paris Hilton.
3. I am not going to wear it. It is not a piece of clothing. The full armor of God is enough (Ephesians 6)--along with the standard sartorial arrangements.
4. I am not going to use it in public--meaning no "cell yelling" or "cell stalking."
5. I am not going to use it while driving (or biking or swimming).
6. I will never say, "I don't know how I got along without it," because it will not become an integrated feature of my life.