Profile Response: Broom Family, Corydon, IN

HWWLT Logo on yellowKatie and Nathan Broom lived in Oregon for several years, as did Katie’s sister Mims and her husband Dan. A few years ago they returned to their Southern Indiana roots to raise their children near their mother, their siblings, and their children’s cousins. The cost of living in Indiana is less than Oregon; they can live comfortably on Katie’s work as a case manager nurse; Nathan stays home with the children. Still, it was the pull of family that brought them home.

I joined them for chili and beer one evening: three couples (add longtime friends Heidi and Mike), mom, and five children ages three to eight who prepared an impromptu musical on piano, harmonica and accordion for us after the meal.

How will we live tomorrow?

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-54-29-am“Jet packs and light sabers.” – Mike

“It’s the connectivity; staying ahead of technology but not letting it overrun you. Every company is charging ahead on the Internet of Things without really understanding it. Our institutions are not prepared to establish the parameters of big data, drones and technology.

“Our daughter needs to make smart choices about technology. The corporations will not do that. We need to direct it to be human-centered rather than corporate-centered. She is beginning to self-regulate her technology intake, just like she is learning to do with her food intake.” – Heidi

“I’ve seen Wall-e. It is my fear of the future. The humans cannot even stand up. Will we still want to walk? Will we take care of our bodies? I fear the end of pedestrian life. It also affects our community. In Wall-e the humans don’t even interact except with devices.

“I teach German. I was recently doing German translation and realized I was looking for the computer to give me prompts. It was beyond spell-check, it was thought prompt.” – Mims

“The more people connect to the Internet, the less they connect with nature.” – Mike

“I hope we will find community with others, with our neighbors. We need to promote community, neighborliness, and emphasis on church and family. And we can’t cut down all the trees! I saw an I-beam the other day made up of little pieces put together We don’t have any big trees left.” – Mom

“Two-thirds of the people in the United States have never seen the Milky Way. We have no more dark skies.” – Mims

“I recall seeing shooting stars. Will our children see shooting stars? We will lose the small things.” – Mom

“The question of how we will live tomorrow depends on where you ask it. In America, we want to preserve and keep. We want to maintain what’s good. Its human nature to keep what we think is good. One hundred years ago things weren’t better or worse; it was just different. One hundred years from now we will have a different life and it will be better and worse. No one could have imagined the Internet. It’s good and bad. You lose things. Time goes on. You gain a lot too.

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-54-07-am“I feel hopeful that Americans will realize how much we have and we’ll want to share more. It won’t be a sacrifice; it will just be what we do.” – Katie

“We’ll live much as we do now. I’d like to have less fear. Our fear is related to what we have. The less one has, the less fear he feels to lose it. Our possessions, our education, are burdens we carry to the future.

“Cora asked us once if we were rich. When I thought about it, I replied ‘yes’. Not compared to all Americans, but compared to the rest of the world. If you define the rich as the one percent, we don’t make the cut, but I feel rich.” – Nathan

 

 

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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2 Responses to Profile Response: Broom Family, Corydon, IN

  1. Nathan Broom says:

    Paul, congratulations! We enjoyed your brief visit with us. Thank you for following up and sharing this link. Merry Christmas to you!

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