Our new God – the “like” button

A real validation and acknowledgement create a flow of energy, which in its turn, create even more mutual inspiration. A “like” doesn´t have that energy, apart from a mental virtual satisfaction.

As you know, we have all become masters of virtual reality. Modern man fears contact, fears real commitment, he suffers from the misconception that he “doesn´t have time”. And so he takes “the easiest way.”

I got many likes – it is nice to see that my texts have been appreciated BUT WHAT REALLY COUNTED, were the shorter or longer comments, which were incredibly rewarding and forward-pointing.

Jane:
Not only does the like button lack originality, but overuse of the “like” button also threatens our engagement with information online and in real life. When we compose a comment, we are compelled to actually think about why we feel a need to respond to an image or message. Liking a post “allows us to bypass this thought process.” It is all the sentiment without the thought, the online equivalent of the conversational “that’s nice” that we sometimes halfheartedly throw out when we are not really listening.

Thinking requires us to perhaps state, ” I do not understand what you are talking about.” Pushing the “like” button is another form of societal conditioning by corporations to force us to behave in a certain way.  We say we are not prejudiced, but prejudice IS part of our conditioning, and now we are discussing the prejudice of pushing the like button.

We are losing our sensitivity and ability to form complex thoughts and ideas, write them down, discuss, and perhaps come out of a discussion reframing a perspective. NO! I do not like the “like” button. It is the dumbing down of the masses. I tried it out for a while, but I am glad you brought this point up, Julien. I consider it the lazy way out. Most of the time, I do not think people are even reading what others write…they S C A N and press the like button…onward to more consumption…F A S T E R.

There is a flow to life. We will never be able to keep up with the exponential rate of data doubling every week on the internet. My song of existence requires me to be real – not a clone. I hope others will join in this “discussion.” We are here not to prove who or what is right or wrong. We are here to inquire.

We are caught in the web of society. Pushing the like button keeps us in our little cave, not stating what we feel or do not feel, afraid to be NOT LIKED! The like button is destructive. Conforming is imitation. A quote from Krishnamurti: The quality of seriousness is to pursue to the very end a thought, an idea, a feeling; to go to the very end of it whatever may happen to you. Seriousness consists of seeing things clearly, in finding out, not accepting.

I am not interested in being nowhere. Are you?…

“Often, you could see the hunter-gatherers making their way in single file through the marshes beside the road.

They were always somewhere, and were uninterested in being nowhere, on industrialism’s roadway. They had not yet lost the singularity of the present, which technology exactly takes away.

With our dwindling attention spans, foreshortening shallowness of thought, and thirst for diversions, how much are we actually in the world?

The disembodied self becomes increasingly disengaged from reality, including emotional reality.”

“Anxiety has replaced happiness as the hallmark sensation, now that community is absent.

We no longer trust our instincts. Maintaining a vast distance from the rhythms of nature and primary experiences of the senses in their intimate concreteness, the leading “thinkers” so often consecrate or uphold this unhappy, disembodied state.”

– John Zerzan

 

Whoever is interested, here is the whole article:

http://www.johnzerzan.net/articles/happiness.html

 

I find her words incredibly moving

She says:

…People tend to treat anyone who seems down or lonely like a leper, an outcast. So, I am attempting to create a space where I can let these emotions out. Even if people don’t want to acknowledge it, there is a wealth of despair out there. A person does not need to be deprived in some way in order to feel it, sometimes there is just no discernible reason and sometimes there are way too many. Better I vent through the written word in this virtual world, rather than explode or implode in the real world.

http://amiasleep.wordpress.com/

A comment about “likes”

Tracy:
Then I won’t “like” your post.. I will comment instead.

I understand what you are saying and on some level I do agree. But I would rather someone take a second to hit the “like” button than not to do anything at all. Just like everything else in life it’s all a matter of perspective… you can choose to see the “like” button as cold and impersonal and lacking any true significance… or you can choose (as I do) to see it as a positive thing, an acknowledgement of a job well done, or just a sign of validation.

Glass half empty… glass half full, kinda stuff. Totally up to you I guess.”

Me:
You see, I don intend to be right! I don´t expect you to agree with me. I just make my point.

“The real” validation and acknowledgement create a flow of energy, which in its turn, create even more “happy events”.
A “like” doesn´t have that energy, apart from a mental virtual satisfaction.

As you know, we have all become masters of virtual reality. Modern man fears contact, fears real commitment, he suffers of the misconception that he “doesn´t have time”. And so he takes “the easiest way.”

I got many likes – it is nice to see that my texts have been appreciated BUT WHAT REALLY COUNTED, were the shorter or longer comments, which were incredibly rewarding and forward-pointing.

Virtual voices

“Virtual voices” welcome our telephone calls, direct us through a “maze” of numbers and options, tell us that all “human operators are too busy” and, when we are on the verge of strangling the virtual respondent, they kindly thank us for our business.”(Jane)

Now, the worse part is that oftentimes even talking to random people you have the peculiar feeling you talk to a “virtual voice”, as the common man, doesn´t have, AND REFUSES TO HAVE – that´s the horrid part – a voice of his own…

Really, it takes a lot of inner strenght and steady conviction to face up this killing inertia and not letting yourself be wiped out by it……