I look at the equipment in front of me: its blue lights twinkle repeatedly, and can’t find the stabilities needed for it to function as channel or conveyor of messages.
Looking at it at different periods of failure or non-functionality, I tell myself: Stay cool… It’s a gadget created with the limitations of its human creator. Were it alien-made, maybe it could have slashed space and created paths to receive and deliver inputs. Be kind.
So, I choose to be kind and allowed the router to keep blinking for eternity.
I’ve countless times tried the instructions that go with it in the box it was packed in. Switch off… Wait for ten seconds… (The company personnel said, “Ten minutes”). Press the button and release fast. (The company personnel said, “Don’t tamper with the button.”)
Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn’t. I could not determine who was right: the brochure or the seller.
Funny how many things don’t match in life. People who say one thing, but mean another. People who mean well, but are misconstrued as callous. People who are expert in values, but live life superbly with their absence.
University students who go to school, but never bringing books or notebooks or pens. Persons who have never set foot in school, but have all the qualities of conduct we admire. Sons and daughters of teachers and successful merchants who have all the time in the world to be praiseworthy for talent and cultivation, but spend hours out late nights lying about their whereabouts.
Ball pens that advertise smoothness, but take a long time to produce ink. Air-con units famous for silence, but are notorious with noise in a few weeks. Routers that boast of their being so modern and efficient, but, yes, like mine, cannot conquer buildings.
Standards we know to be reachable, but nothing done to reach them. So many experts in a management firm, but no one seems to listen to them.
Dreams we love to make, but efforts to achieve them we hardly bother making.
What awesome business to get stuck in the ironies of life, despite 6,000 years since Sumer bloomed into the world’s first great civilization–and we, yes, we, hoping that in this world there would be less misfits, are still grappling with the matching game.
Such as I am with this router, which I’m sure is one of the few things in technological life that I have to put up with.
So I asked and asked people, friends…
The general finding: I live in a place surrounded by tall buildings, and that this makes it difficult for my location– where I live– to be wired to signals or sound or radio waves through the only one window of my flat that opens to a small rectangle of space fenced in by high walls.
Maybe, I said to myself, maybe, I should leave teaching and start inventing…
But are there no more inventors who can figure out a way of making routers and signals work, given particular limitations of location, including one window that opens to a small rectangle of space fenced in by high walls?
Whispered the router with its eternally blue eyes…:-)