In chatting with some coworkers some short stories that we read in high school came up. So, naturally, I had to reread some of them, and one of them was The Veldt by Ray Bradbury. Some of the things in here are pretty funny. For example, they bought this house complete with a 40x40x30 room that can generate images of anything the kids imagine for $30,000. I want to know where I can get one! My house was twice that!
However, what is interesting is that there’s a lesson in this story that is important for us as well. We may not have shoe-tying gizmos or things of that nature, but we are fast becoming a society that has everything that they need provided for them and is becoming spoiled to the “real” things. We fit more things in because we have more gadgets. We shortchange conversation for pleasure. We do things to maximize the amount of “free time” we have.
I won’t spoil the plot, but pay attention to what the psychologist and the father say to each other about what’s going on in this “nursery.” Also, smile when you think how long ago Bradbury wrote about this concept that would appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation!