I’m just going to admit that I have a problem, here. I realize the irony of this in that I’m posting it on the internet itself, but WordPress isn’t really the culprit as much as Tumblr or Facebook or any of the other mindless sites where you scroll and scroll and scroll until you realize that several hours of your time have suddenly disappeared.
But when my first thought is of a technological escapism and I beeline right to my computer, that’s bad. That borders dangerously close to an obsession and smacks of the beginnings of an addict. The more time I spend on these things, the less creative and thoughtful I become. And that’s certainly an issue.
I realized yesterday that the Internet, when not used for checking important emails, researching information, looking up assignments, or thinking about things (mostly, WordPress falls here), is much like the soma of Brave New World, or like any other drug.
Soma makes you vacuously happy.
Soma makes you think of nothing.
Soma takes hours of your time and leaves you with nothing in return but lethargy and a deadened mind.
Soma prevents real thought.
Soma prevents you from becoming the sort of person who changes the world.
The Internet is soma.
So I can’t follow TV shows obsessivly or continue polluting my spirit with hours of the Internet that begin to weigh me down. Because you can’t see life through a TV screen. You can’t change the world or understand the eternal while constantly shackled to Tumblr or Facebook. I shouldn’t waste what little life I have on nothing that really matters. It’s draining me. It’s taking my soul, little by little. And I hadn’t done anything to stop it, because I’ve been too busy taking the freaking soma.
The Internet is the drug that steals your time, your individuality, your mind, and the things that matter. I have to stop being a Delta and live. And I’m going to need the help of my sin-and-death destroying Savior to do that. I can’t do it on my own – I desperately need Him for everything in my life. But I’m up for less Internet.
Tell me your thoughts!
Read this: Any book. Any classic that touches your soul. And think. And have an adventure. Because I need to do all of the above.