Another month down the road…

As I pointed out to my friend, Catherine (The Blissful Mind) we are very attached to social media. It’s a huge habit—an addiction, if you will. It’s everywhere and infiltrates every moment of waking life. And, it’s that way by design (as an advertising/marketing tool), and it takes some thought, and willpower to put it down!

All this tech can also be very useful. But it has to be us using it, and not the other way around.

 A one-day-a-week digital detox may be all it takes for me to turn it around. Hey, Mark Z isn’t the bad guy here!On Catherine’s suggestion, I reserved 24/6 by Tiffany Shlain at the public library. I picked it up yesterday. Not the world’s greatest read, however…

It does drive home a point (see above). It’s not easy to put down the phone (or other technology–you make up the rules). Tiffany’s Tech Shabbat can be a huge eye opener and a huge relief. And if only we could get our kids to do it!

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What if enlightenment isn’t an a-ha moment?

I’ve been thinking along these lines for a bit now…

What if enlightenment isn’t an a-ha moment? What if it’s just a series of a-hems? Stranger things have happened, right?

I was thinking of all the stupid, old-man things I’ve thought and/or muttered to myself in the last few weeks or months. I mean some of them are really profound! (Like, did I really think and/or say any of these things?) Am I really this brilliant? No, wait…

Enlightenment, if there is such a thing, really does not have to be a blinding flash of insight. A lot of the time I think it may be more the endpoint of a sustained, long-term effort at thinking things through, and adding things up. Sometimes it will make sense, and sometimes it may be that it does not, simply because there is not yet any language to describe it.

The greatest thoughts that have ever been may have gone unnoticed, simply because we don’t have a reference for thinking of that kind. What if that alien being came down, and all there was THIS lifeforms and THIS thought pattern. a) Would the alien even care (that is, if S/HE could related and b) if S/HE could relate, would it even register enough on a scale of universal importance to have that alien make a note of it and/or mention it to a neighbor?

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