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In a perfect world
Accepting reality and making adjustments
Last week, I asked you to ask me a question. A reader asked a question I’m answering in today’s newsletter: In a perfect world, what does your relationship with technology look like?
Five things to share:
In a perfect world, technology serves me, I do not serve it. In a perfect world, technology is a simple tool that helps me function in my day to day life, like the shoes I wear or the pots I cook in, but never a replacement for the love, companionship, connection I seek, nor an escape from reality; a reality perfectly fit and good enough for me. In a perfect world, the war over my attention has been won and I claim victory.
Offline (NSFW): A satirical short comedy about a grandmother who accidentally deletes the Internet of her computer, causing it to disappear world wide. (One can only hope…)
A quote I want to share with you:
Life isn’t run by principles but by adjustments.”
— Margaret Atwood in the Edible Woman
A book about the ironies and absurdities of modern life.
Technology has become nature and there is no going back to how things were. So, refuse the ironic voice, turn off notifications, tweet sparingly, take a few days off at a time, and sign in only with clear intent, not to satisfy a craving for distraction or attention. This is the bed we have made, and, for the most part, we have chosen—and sometimes borderline forced— to lie in it.
A question for you: In a perfect world, what does your relationship with technology look like?
That’s all for this week!
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