Comfortably Numb: A Digital Side Effect

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This beautiful animation uses retro animation styles to look at the crisis of principles facing our digital age, creates an amazing work of art.

Are we moving through life asleep?

Have you ever heard someone say “LOL” instead of actually laughing out loud? We post emoticons that represent a fluttering of emotion we felt but is so inaccessible we didn’t actually express that emotion physically.  We are just aware that it passed through us, like a fish under the still water of a pond.

The stress of modern times, when we are bombarded by terrible news about war, financial stability, and environmental collapse, makes escapism so very tempting.  Yet, we aren’t escaping into the moment with our friends and loved ones. We aren’t using the love we have for the people in our lives to create fun and playful moments in the present – we escape into our digital devices.  We can laugh videos of people’s most humiliating moments, their most intimate failures. We can be mesmerized by videos of accidents and people treating each other badly, luxuriating in their lack of kindness and good intentions.  It is common for people to lash out online by saying vile, threatening and humiliating things, harassing those we feel are wrong through group shaming. We luxuriate in shallow vanity, create versions of ourselves that are one-dimensional dreamscapes

We laugh at memes and videos of people’s most humiliating moments, their most intimate failures. We can be mesmerized by videos of accidents and suffering.  Whole television series are dedicated to people luxuriating in treating each other badly and glorifying of all the worst aspects of human nature.  It is common for people to lash out online by saying vile, threatening and humiliating things, harassing those we feel are wrong through group shaming. We luxuriate in shallow vanity, create versions of ourselves that are one-dimensional dreamscapes instead of allowing ourselves to be whole, flawed and vulnerable.

Try to walk through life awake.   Don’t just text people, set time aside for meeting with them in person. When you’re in the company of others, put your phone away, give them your attention.  Reach inside yourself to find the will to be polite, kind and compassionate. Let yourself feel again.

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