Thought for the Week, November 20 2020

Thought for the Week author Marilyn Shedden

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I got a new computer this week and am really pleased with it.

However, regardless of how hard I try in so many ways, it just refuses to ‘speak’ to my new printer.

It would seem these two have nothing to say to each other.

I have downloaded the appropriate disc several times but I am still informed my computer does not ‘recognise’ my printer.

I have downloaded the named driver from the internet, which is guaranteed to resolve this communication problem, but to no avail. They are still not friends. ‘The driver is not installed,’ I am told – well, actually it is!

I have tried everything and consulted every problem-solving website but they will still not engage with one another.

I am now at a complete loss as to how to resolve this problem.

It would be so good if they could just set aside their differences and make my life easier.

I look at them both and, crazy as it seems, I tell them there is absolutely no reason why they should not speak to each other.

As I reflected on this, I thought how this scenario does not just affect machines but is true of human beings too.

We see people who have ‘fallen out’ over something trivial and wonder why they can’t just get over the problem and re-connect.

Why can’t they just download the app of forgiveness and hit the restart button?

Why can’t they install the driver of friendship?

If only life was that simple. Across the globe, people are disconnected, governments are fractured, people are not speaking to one another.

Maybe we could all hit the ‘restart’ button and pray for a better connection.