I was looking through Flickr.com this morning. I’m in the process of uploading my Israel/Jordan photographs to my account. I noticed a couple photographs from people I follow and ended up on this guys website. “Mer” is his moniker, perhaps his real name… I’m not sure. Anyway, one post on his blog caught my attention. It is entitled, “Anthony’s computer is giving him diverticulitis.” The post is presented as a conversation – whether actual or as commentary I don’t know – between I suspect Mer and Anthony.
“I don’t know my best interest.”“It appears that way.”“No I need someone to come into my life….someone maybe hired that comes in and protects me from this culture.”“What?”“That person would put me on a cultural diet.”“I’m sorry?”“I
would have to go into texting or cable news deprivation for months.
That person would demand me to use a land line for a prescribed amount
of time. Putting a lap band around my laptop use.”“Slapping mobile devices out of your hand.”“This person would come into my life and begin cutting away at the obesity of distraction.”“Sounds like textration.”“I
need this. I love this sort of socialist counselor. I have ran amok.
Gorged myself on the hedonistic part of the culture and come away with
diseases. All because I like a big bowl of societal High Fructose Corn
Syrup.”“Sounds like it includes table spoons of dramatic.”“It
is me. I wasn’t built for this society. As a kid I sat with my on
internet; my imagination. Using Army men as play station. I should be 90
already and getting ready to die soon. This disdain for life is coming
too early. I just need prescriptions of hand written letters,
socializing without cellphones and news deprivation.”“OK. Your point?”“I can’t do it alone. Somebody has to come in. I need a trainer.”“You think you could find someone online?”
Consider the article in this week’s Newsweek entitled, “The Science of Making Decisions,” or “Brain Freeze,” concerning what the constant barrage of input into our brains does to our brains and our ability to make good decisions:
“The Twitterization of our
culture has revolutionized our lives, but with an unintended
consequence–our overloaded brains freeze when we have to make decisions.”
There are diminishing returns to the constantly plugged in society.
So, Mer’s post concerning Anthony’s statement, or conflict with himself – does this present a coming state of mind of many of us? Everything I read tells me that we need to give our brains a rest. By doing so, we are able to assimilate, contemplate, and make much more wise and satisfying decisions.
What happens when immediate trumps wise?