CNN’s latest article is oh so spot on and couldn’t have been published at a more perfect time.
I’m having one of those weeks where all I really want to do is run off to the country and start over.
A point that Bowker touches upon in the article, and something that would make this wireless lifestyle all the more acceptable, is if life could balance out a bit more giving people the option of occasionally working from home, traveling while working, etc.
This is always the case with new technology. Often the effects are paradoxical, The overall upside is that we can maintain a rich social and cultural life while dashing from pillar to post. The overall downside is that our spiritual development
– which requires empty time, contemplation –is suffering enormously.
I have trouble separating myself from my computer. Every night when I get home I check my email, the same email I check at work. I can’t imagine life without it most of the time I’m with it. But something that became glaringly clear to me while in Rhode Island
– away from all that is screen-projected – was I didn’t even really miss it all. And adjusting to not having it around was easier than I imagined. I remember thinking, “Hold on to this desire you have for a computer-less/cell phone-less existence.”
It took me less than a week to forget about once I got back.