I know that probably makes me a freak of sorts and out of synch with the hundreds of millions of users out there but both Facebook and Twitter are colossal distractions, in my experience.
Professor Noam Chomsky said something in that most excellent documentary about him, “Manufacturing Consent” (which if you’ve never watched, I urge you to ASAP, it’ll help anyone to open their eyes and minds a bit more).
He said that things like the professional sports industry and the entertainment industry are all designed and perpetrated distractions by the PTB meant to keep the masses dumbed down and distracted from what REALLY is happening like the degradation of our civil rights by governments, the degradation of our quality of life by corporate entities etc. (From 1:04:40 in the video) It’s like these industries are urging you to look to your left while to your right, they are doing whatever the hell they want to do.
Does knowing what Nicole Kidman wore to the Oscars really matter? Does knowing how many goals David Beckham scored solve any problems in the grand scheme of things? Does knowing what kind of $60/litre olive oil Gwyneth Paltrow uses for making bruschetta impact your life in any meaningful way? I’m guessing no.
This is the distraction machine at work in the crudest way possible. If you have even a half-decent mind, you can see it a mile away , see it for what it is and just ignore it.
But what about the more insidious forms of distraction? Like Facebook or Twitter? Even the internet itself?
As human beings, we are social creatures, it’s only normal that we want to connect to other human beings. Living in isolation either imposed or self-imposed is hell, which is why it is an effective form of torture in the prison system. It deprives us of some of our most basic needs to see, listen, speak and interact with our environment.
However, with Facebook and twitter, you have a very bastardized form of social interaction. It’s a virtual community, not a real one, and gives you a fake sense of community. True, at times it can be useful to distribute information or keep in contact with someone who doesnt have a phone for instance. My observation of it is that most of the time people’s Facebook pages are their own personal PR pages. Posting up clever quotes, seeing how many friends you have, how many people like your post or video or photograph etc. People present themselves under the best possible light with these social network sites and do not present their real selves. There is also the trap of falling for it which I’ve been guilty of in the past but no more.
Sometimes you begin to believe the hype and see how fabulous everyone else’s life is in contrast to your own and that right there, is the worst possible thing you can do, comparing yourself to others when the image they are projecting, often enough is a lie or a mirage, at best.
What these things do is ultimately, take you away from yourselves, it’s incremental, even hurtful. That energy goes out of you, leaves you and dissipates into nothing meaningful into the ethers. It doesn’t empower, it disempowers you. It’s another distraction to steal your juice.
I’m not going to even touch on the more sinister aspects of Facebook, how it is being used as a spy tool by intelligence agencies around the world, the lack of corporate transparency and the multitude of privacy concerns which keep popping up almost every other week…
If you seriously want to work on yourself and delve into the Ascension process, do yourself a favour and limit your time on these social networks. Go smell a rose instead. Call or text a friend and meet them for coffee. Visit the farmer’s market. Go for a run. Bake a cake. Play with your pet.
You’ll be happier 🙂
Copyright © 2012 Earthenergyreader.wordpress.com All Rights Reserved.