Cool post about the level of self hate and self divorce that goes into our fetish with constant technology and inability to quite ourselves over at Kevin’s. Check it out.
What do you think about it?
I wonder what taking a break from certain forms of ever present technology might do for us…
I wonder what routine days of solitude would achieve…
Is it even possible in the environment we live in?
Kids. Jobs. Marriages. School. Side jobs. Hobbies. And those are just my issues…
One interesting side note on this issue is a quick view of the gospels. Matthew is about the kingdom…particularly Jesus as liberating King. It begins slowly with deliberate setting of the stage. Luke takes several chapters of framing narratives to introduce us to Jesus. And arguably John takes almost an eternity before we encounter the activities of flesh and blood Jesus (“in the beginning was the word…everything was made through him”). Interestingly, each of those gospels represents a step by step removal from the earliest communities of Jesus’ friends, with the gospel of John emerging almost 60 years after his death. Isn’t it fascinating that each one, as it comes later in history, gradually takes longer and longer to get around to showing us the action of the simple Jewish carpenter? Contrast that with the break neck pace of the first biography of Jesus–Mark. It has no long intro, it sandwhiches event after event. There is little commentary, no prolonged meditations or genealogical narratives. It is simply the intense hypernimity of the event that was Jesus. His presence. His force of being. His day in and day out mission. That’s one thing I like about Mark. It was written fast paced for busy people. People living half awake in a fake empire. People who are not monks or priests. People who are in transition. People who are persecuted and trying to get out of Dodge. It was written for the real world and in its own thematic style introduces us to, arguably, the most natural, sensuous, earthy of all the Jesus’ we see in the gospels.
That’s pretty incredible. It lets me know that we can steal away and find snatches of time alone with the Divine…It helps me see that the true path to the self is the event of committing our entire person to some action or state of being. It makes me believe again that its about simple steps towards a new way of living–not simply grandios changes that never end up happening. It gives me a renewed hope about asking the scientific question: “If I just change this one thing…say, shut off my data plan…then how might my existence, inward, and outward–mind, body, and soul–be different?” Then trying it, if only for a month.
So, Kev–awesome observations from a month long experiment about scratching out some time in a fast fast world!
So that’s some of my thoughts on the matter…I think we need more experiments in taking breaks from the things that become Noise in our existence–if only so we can hear the Voice which is always there. Lord knows I do.