This won't flow. It is all blips and pieces of fragmented thoughts that came to me over the 72 hours I spent without a phone or computer. Some are more developed than others. The photos above were to prepare you for the words below. Enjoy.
.:. we have trained ourselves to look for beauty in other lives, not our own.
.:. we create relationships for ourselves. they are never forced upon us.
.:. the majority of conversations should take place in person, not via text.
.:. the moment technology stops being a resource and becomes a liability, it needs to be re-evaluated. immediately.
.:. social networking should be re-named theworldinyourbedroom.
.:. i have a new ability to see through an online presence and measure the true life content of a person.
.:. we are so dependant on our gps and maps because we live in a constant time crunch. i didn't use my gps this weekend. result: i had to turn around multiple times, and took several 'scenic routes.' i also saw many parts of my city for the first time, and had a few 'well let's see where this road goes' followed with 'oh my gosh here i am!' i put the puzzle pieces together. i feel rebuked for my desire to travel when i haven't taken the time to see my own city.
.:. the majority of my stress is a result of mis-managed relationships and poorly chosen staples of my daily life.
.:. my brain has invented some type of obligation to "finish" everything. pursue things forever. never drop something i began. if i follow a blog, i feel obligated to read every post, eternally. i've placed my interests first, and myself second. how ridiculous.
.:. our thought processes become influenced by the words and images that float around us, even if we do not consciously accept them. saturating ourselves in high-speed communication and heavy content input environments will launch us into a collective lifestyle that no individual could or should live in or up to. hello, stress.
.:. we don't write nearly enough.
.:. if you "don't write", then let me clarify: we don't reflect nearly enough.
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Thoughts on social networking: (you knew it was coming)
We value communication over content. Let me break this down a bit more. We value the relationship over the person. And a bit further...
Social networking is a tool; nothing more, nothing less. It betters a good purpose and exacerbates a poor one. And like any tool, it is only healthy in moderation, and when the master controls it to fulfill the purpose. There is an inherent flaw in humanity that twists everything to be self-seeking unless we acknowledge it and choose to live differently. This manifests itself primarily in our relationships. It is so easy to "have" relationships for the sake of having a relationship with that person. We become tempted to "own" relationships for self-seeking purposes, even if they are as innocent as to fill our universal need for acknowledgement, validation, and worth. Our value has come to sit not on the actual person, but on the connection we have with that person. I even drew a picture to explain.
This is what I mean when I say that social networking either betters or exacerbates. If our value is misplaced, it magnifies our weighty mistake (and selfishness) to a point that we are beyond excuse, and it is recognizable to the naked human eye.
I will say it again: value first the person, not the relationship.
Social networking should exist to plant, nurture and grow our relationships with people (and content, too) that we value. Maybe it would help if we referred to other humans not as people but as lives. NOT to enable us to feed a self-focused desire to multiply all sorts of various fragile and thin "barely-there" relationships with people and content that we only want to care about. Our time is truly limited. Deal it out wisely. Brushing fingertips is not a handshake.
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.:. If you didn't blog or tweet for a week, who would notice or care? This is not rhetorical. Go name them.
.:. When was the last time you stepped outside of the internet to interact with that person(s)?
.:. How few texts could you get by sending each day?
.:. If you use Google reader, and had a folder for "friends" - what would your ratio of friends to various blogs be?
.:. What do you obligate yourself to that is an illusion?
.:. What have you wanted to do or not do that has been sacrificed for the draw of spiderweb-thin relationships?
.:. Do you seek to document beauty in your own life, or are you guilty of simply coveting beauty in others? (There is a secret hidden here: It exists everywhere, and is found only when documented.)
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the world is too big to be your own.
so find your corner.
water it and make it grow.
and occasionally, take extravagant field trips.
My final thought: I need more than 3 days of living like this.
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P.S. I got glasses. Seeing is awesome.