“Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” – Mitchell Kapor
“One of the effects of living with electric information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload. There’s always more than you can cope with.” – Marshall McLuhan
I live in the U.S and after the last few years am considering moving to the mountains of North Carolina and raising wolves. Or, on the other hand, I could shut down all the electric devices that deliver information and only use the phone to make calls. Ok, maybe text. Maybe.
I have started going on an information diet. I think the idea came after a retreat when I realized that it only took me ten minutes to catch up with the worlds insanity. After that, everything was just variations on a theme. Someone asked me if I start to filter information would I feel uninformed or left out.
I would feel more like I do on silent retreats. That peaceful centered feeling.
I could regain large portions of time. Who knows what I might accomplish? ( Don’t you just hate those smart phone reports that tell you how many hours per day you were on them?)
I could listen to the authority of my own experience instead of other people’s opinions.
I could focus on caring about and helping people I know. (Imagine that!)
I could stay focused on what’s happening in my actual world, the one in front of me right now while I type.
My emotions could rest.
I suspect joy and contentment might regain a greater place in my experiences.
Zen, by the nature of paying attention to exactly where you are and how the stream of thought operates, is pretty reductive and simple in outlook. I live exactly where my body is in space and time. There’s not much happening in the office right now. It’s very peaceful. And calm. Sigh.
I can change that by a simple keystroke. I think I’ll let that go for the weekend and focus on what I love and care about. Know what? Somehow I don’t think I’m going to miss anything.
Take care of you.