I know. We must always broaden our view and accept that things exist, or at least acknowledge them enough to consider that they do exist that way.
I read the post above; I decided to check out the Bloggos on Medium just to get some new words around.
Correct me if I am wrong and it’s probably just me being pissy; looking around Medium I get a weird feeling that there is a certain Medium culture which is oriented upon tech. Like, the kind of people we use to call ‘metro’.
It is a weird feeling to me; it feels like the people who populated the Capital in the movie “Hunger Games”. Weird because it’s like a group of people who enjoy living in ignorance and who have an intelligence based in the very thing-world of tech: surface, fad, skill — like a plastic wrap thought base, thin and transient. Of doing and not thinking. Like thinking and living to them is meaning something else, like something not actual, something fabricated. High School to the n-th degree, institutionalized.
Well: tech. In a very conventional sense.
My comment is really about Mindfulness. I strongly dislike that term; I will use the techniques of course in practice, but, the whole idea has become, well…just tech. It has lost what I feel is a basic meaning or reason. It has become, like everything else for the tech oriented: another means to “be creative” or “to get up do something something” or “make a difference”. Code phrases for: Don’t think! Don’t reflect!
In a way, though, the post is trying to address the issue I point to, but it does so under the presumption that the point of living is to “be productive!!”. I mean, it’s like the whole reason one should listen to this guy or to use mindfulness skills is so you can be yourself being productive, doing things, contribute ! Go do psilocybin! You’ll be more creative and productive ! Go meditate! You’ll get that next raise!!
Yes; that is a nice thing for humans to do, but it feels to me so regular and, kind of, loaded with propaganda. (Ha ha: the company Obey Propaganda is the perfect example of the ironic acquiescence the tech generation adheres to). Not maybe so terrible — but does it have to so reek of ignorance and stupidity all the time ??
I really dislike the word and idea of Mindfullness.
I think the more accurate notion from which Mindfulness as another modern activity has been commandeered is:
Awareness. Without judgement.
….and this is an indictment — not a support — of the linking of productivity to tech oriented living.
The post seems to me to address a distortion with another distortion, which then serves to cue that the distorted, non-reflective manner of living is correct.
And indeed, ironically, that is what most people want.
And indeed indeed, is it a conventional reality that we have to account for and deal with, in order to get on with the actual living of life, truly?
a practice of awareness without judgement. less mindfull than compassionate.