the mailbox is the museum
16Oct / 2010
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Have you come to any conclusions about whether you will be able to have thoughts in your mind again without taking an entire *month* off from the grid? Is it possible to pop in every now and then to stay connected and pop off when it is time to give your imagination some exercise?
Well, that’s the thing. *Should* I be able to keep potato chips in the house and just mete them out in a sensible manner? Yes. Is that what I do with potato chips? Sadly, not quite.
I anticipate that I’ll re-incorporate some aspects of the whole Internet when I emerge, but I’ll still be attempting to use it in a different way than I had been. This might include filters, taking a LOT of things off my blog reader, and setting a timer. It sounds like I’m a terrible addict, I know. But when abundance presents itself, it’s hard for me not to overdo it.
I found your blog because I love your book “Good Mail Day”. (You also received mail from me!).
I applaud your efforts to be “off the grid”. I have not done facebook, twitter, don’t text, etc. Email is used just for work purposes and not a lot for personal connections. But, I am very connected! I hear news “through the grapevine” of friends when we sit down for coffee or tea, when folks drop by my house…. And, I find that I have time to generate a lot of good thinking that are truly my own thoughts as a result of being unconnected since I keep a journal and write letters. Although, with any sort of “media” be it the internet, newspaper or books, we are exposed to the thinking of others. It’s what we do with their ideas that is important — to “think about your thinking” is what I believe philosophers call it (meta-cognition?).
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