1. What modern convenience/invention could you absolutely, positively not live
My internet. I suppose that's two: computer and internet. I have on line friends I've never met. I keep in touch with friends from real life. I order stuff. I can't write a sermon without this.
I listen to the radio (the local NPR switches from the talking stuff to classical music at 9 am so I listen to KQED or Michigan Radio). I watch instant movies on Netflix.
2. What modern convenience/invention do you wish had never seen the light of day?
Why? Fake/fast food. It is no good for us. It's so easy. High fructose corn syrup is IMHO the root of the obesity crisis in the US. (I hope with the cost of corn rising, sugar will become the sweetner of choice.)
3. Do you own a music-playing device older than a CD player? More than one? If
so, do you use it (them)? My CD players are integrated with a radio. I listen to music on my iPod. I finally got all my CDs ripped onto iTunes.
4. Do you find the rapid change in our world exciting, scary, a mix...or something
else? I generally like change. I'm not sure whether it's rapid. I think everything we have today has been around for at least 20 years. We've had cell phones since the 80s. My first job in 1968 was as a computer programmer. Most of the difference is cost and ubiquity.
5. What did our forebears have that we have lost and you'd like to regain? Bonus
points if you have a suggestion of how to begin that process.
I really can't think of much. Let's see, the number of women who died in childbirth? The hard physical work of keeping house and farming? Limited options for women? No antibiotics?