This one is about self* imposed constraints: the despairing constraints named “fear” and “disinformation”. The sort that make you loath your neighbour for no valid reason and waste your life wanting more than you’ll ever need.
Basic cornerstone of this post is that no government or institution is purposely funnelling fear and disinformation. They couldn’t. I honestly can’t think of any of the above that would be remotely organised enough to pull that one off properly.
Simply, I see fear and disinformation as the lethal by-by-products of greed, simplicity and a loss of natural intelligence and discernment.
Going by Paul Virilio’s* refreshing ideas, the speed of information is out of sink with how we naturaly process information and one individual can misuse mass communication technology to damage so many, destroy so much, in the blink of an eye by mere mistake or by following a basic “want” without even realising the leveraged risk implications.
The cure is to remain focused on oneself, I think. Despite all the seemingly valid reasons to soil our pants or be dissatisfied.
Perhaps limit and distill the information and relationships we maintain. Do our best within our “territories”. I’m already giving it a go, choosing my news sources and concentrating on improving what I do, experience, see.
I am carefully choosing books, my fave papers, blog posts that real people with real names share online and long walks. It’s amazing the amount of beautiful things by my doorstep that I hadn’t even noticed. I am doing this for a week after which time I believe it’ll be easier to block out what doesn’t belong in my life. Then look out for the unadulterated signs that really mean something to me and make decisions based on them.
Settling somewhere calmer than a big city is in the cards. It has been for a while. I can’t stand how I am blocking my natural insticts to experience at will every thought, every smell, every sound, every thing I encounter. It’s driving me nuts. I need a simpler life, a real life, not this permanently critical state of being that either experiences too much or not enough.
Will use this diary to record the process, as my cuaderno de bitácora. See if I can set myself free.
* When I say self imposed constrains I mean imposed by human beings on fellow human beings and their own selves.
*”The Administration of Fear”, Paul Virilio.
*I wrote this post in June 2012, WordPress allows date changes which enables a post to be “resurrected” from existing archives.