The Trap of the Modern Ethospheric Hivemind: A Study in Millennialology
Emptiness is a plague, and our most toxic contaminant comes from social media.
We are so exposed to extraneous eyewash through computers, and they are everywhere: work, shops, schools, at home - always attached to you, near you, pressed up against your skin inside your pocket. The greatest weapon for revolution we have at our disposal has, ultimately, pinned us against a wall. The one thing that connects millions, billions of people around the world is simply making us feel inflated, individual, and important when we are anything but. We are disconnected, apathetic, and scared in a political, universal climate that calls us to action in order to bring peace.
Every millennial has a public persona on facebook, instagram, twitter, their resume on their website, you name it. If you look in these places you will find anyone but who we really are. Maybe it's easier than facing the truth. The internet has been capitalized for self-promotion, bringing with it a boom of unwarranted narcissism, lack of compassion for others, apathetic political "activism," cyber bullying, as well as some pretty dank memes... I guess there's a bright side to everything.
So what? I'm just as bad as anyone else. Look at me, I'm writing this on my pretentious little blog and I'm going to share it on social media with my friends. They'll maybe read it and they'll maybe even like it, but they'll definitely forget about it.
It's a trap, and I fall for it, too. So Andrea, you may ask, why are we here today?
I'm having a hard time retracting myself from this ethospheric hivemind. I miss the days when I was more passionate about reading a new book than reading an updated timeline. I think a recent, sticky, social-media-fueled end to a long-term, toxic relationship has a lot to do with that for me personally, but in the end, that's nobody's fault but my own, and here's what I've decided to do about it.
I will create things that are just for me. I will hang them on my wall and I will hold them safe to my heart. For some time I will be sure to study them, and I will examine what it meant for me to make them. I will remember where I was at the time emotionally. Most of the time, this will hurt me, and I will hole myself up in my apartment for days, and be really dramatic and touchy about everything.
Yeah, it's silly, but it will be so important for me to disconnect this way from the "social media me," and reconnect with the spiritual, human, ACTUAL me. Then, I will release those pieces of art into the world and spread the word of the Free Art Campaign, and I hope that I will somehow learn to let the emotional drag go along with them.
I'll pray those pieces find their way into someone else's heart so that they may find some courage to do the same.
I'm not leaving the socialmediaverse just yet, but I do hope anyone reading this finds time to make something new today. I hope you have a chance to get some fresh air before diving back into it - by breathing in the musk from pages of an old book, or by meditating in your yoga practice, or by simply taking a minute to doodle something on a post-it note in the office... Please always remember that you deserve to make time for you. Live a full life of love and self-love -- and tell absolutely no one.
It may just be the key to your success!
p.s. sorry about all the really old, less-than-dank memes but hey --