I've been spending some time reflecting on what it means for me to write these posts. What am I really trying to say? Who is my audience? What messages can I deliver that will keep my audience interested in coming back to read more?
I would like to think that my audience has similar ideas about the world and how to navigate within it in a mindful and compassionate way. So in that sense, I may be preaching to the choir. I'm cool with that. I'm not trying to convert anyone. I'm not offering any great revelations or profound insights about the world - spiritual, intellectual, or otherwise. Furthermore, I'm not telling anybody anything they don't already know on some level. I'm writing this blog from the I'll-just-go-ahead-and-leave- this-here approach.
I simply want to start a conversation. I want to shine a light on what it truly means to have a human experience on this plane of existence at this time. I want to facilitate. I want to connect. I want to help you connect, if that's what you want. And so if that is what you want, I'll just go ahead and leave this here...
I am completely amused (and simultaneously confounded) by the idea that we describe our experience now as being part of a "global community." I'm not completely sure what that implies or if that is just posturing from a marketing standpoint. I am sure that many of us believe in the idea that we are all connected now, able to reach out to anyone on the planet in a matter of seconds. This is a great technological achievement and cannot be diminished...except for the fact that it doesn't mean a thing if we cannot connect with the people closest to us- like family, friends, and neighbors. We all suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder, in that we don't seem to pay any to each other anymore.
We are all complicit in this Great Disconnect. We are plugged in and tuned out. We are desensitized to the physical and hypnotized by the virtual.
Let's face it. Smart phones are engrossing. Gadgetry is fun. The fact that they can distract us for hours at a time is disturbing. It's now estimated that the average person spends about 90 minutes a day on their cellular phones, and the majority of that time is not being used to reach out and touch someone by making phone calls.
This colossal distraction has bigger implications for us at large. We don't see each other. We. Don't. See. There is a sickness taking hold here. Apathy.
For the record, and for the sake of full disclosure, I may as well be a hermit. I spend a lot of my free time absorbed in books, writing, or starting, and usually not finishing other random projects, along with generally just enjoying the company of my husband and my pooch. I hate talking on the phone so I seldom connect with family and friends in that way. I prefer to relax in my house, meditate, or even clean, rather than go out for the evening. I have always been this way.
Yet, I am committed. I am committed to engaging the young lady who makes my delicious cup of overpriced coffee in the morning until she no longer thinks I'm weird. I am committed to writing more letters and correspondences to family and friends. Note: Phone calls are a hard limit for me....really hate the phone. I am committed to talking about this Great Disconnect even if no one else will- because it matters. We matter. ALL of us matter. When we become invisible to each other, bad things happen. We don't recognize our sameness. We become OTHER. The implications of this are crystallizing right before our eyes.
Once we see, what are we willing to do? How can we engage and be the conversation starters- and then ultimately keep the conversation going?
Blessings on the planet and every being on it-