I lament the complete lack of regard for the proverbial “moment” by my generation and I. We spend the vast majority of our day scrolling through pointless news feeds and reading irrelevant updates. These things do not in anyway enrich the value of our lives or assist in our personal development. I am oftentimes prompted to update the software on my phone and it makes me wonder if I am upgrading myself often. Perish the thought that I was doing the same thing last year around this time. That will be contrary to my progressive nature.
Life in a cell…phone is an unpaid , full time job. There are numerous requests awaiting my acceptance. Just thinking of all the advertisements that pop up in my feed raises my blood pressure. Various updates about other interactions that are of absolutely no value to me. There are new stories waiting to be seen. New displays of egos waiting to be inflated. Recycled lack of good self-esteem selfies resurfacing. Unattractive faces with toned bodies waiting for a “like” or “comment”. If I oblige, the notifications will be cleared, if I accept the requests and appease you…I receive absolutely no monetary reward for doing this.
Life in a cell…phone takes away from enjoying the moment. When last have you had a face to face conversation, while leaving your prison warden (cell…phone) in your pockets? Have you noticed that your “friend” got a new haircut? Have you engaged in a conversation with your friends without mentioning a viral video? I know many couples who would not have a relationship if they had no Wifi connection or electricity. We honestly believe that exchanging free text messages on the available instant messaging applications constitutes communication. We think that we can know someone after sending and receiving a few free messages. At least, I hope that I am worth more than a free text message.
Life in a cell…phone blocks us from achieving personal excellence. Imagine how you can become more valuable at your organization by taking some new courses. There are different seminars and workshops at your disposal. Knowledge is power, and this power that is being conferred is free. In this Information Age, what do we really know? Our minds remain chained to the distractions that are being fed to us by our oppressors. And we consume these distractions with glee and wonder why we can’t improve our standards of living. The good news is , that you may receive a pardon or be due for parole if you remember to live in the moment and not in your cell…phone.
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