Friday, February 20, 2015

Less is More

I listen to music, watch TV, text my friends, review my college work, read the news, check my email, and I eat food. And sometimes I do all these things at the same time!

That’s what our world has come to. Our world is a world of constant stimulation. Our phones give us endless notifications, our web browsers are open with dozens of tabs, and our TVs bombard us with thousands of images.

Do you remember when life was simple? Maybe not. Because maybe life has never been simple for you.

Imagine reading a book and doing nothing else. The words may start meaning more; your brain may be able to process the ideas on a deeper level.

Imagine doing the same thing with music. The instruments may come to life; the voices may sound richer and more exquisite.

I want those experiences. I want that simplicity. I want that life.

The modern world is stressful. The modern world creates anxiety.

Forget multitasking; embrace singletasking!

Imagine what today's technology and multitasking would have done to our ancestors. Picture this: a group of men go to hunt and come across a humongous wild beast. Suddenly each man becomes distracted. But each man has a "good" reason. One of the men notices a new friend request; another receives new likes on his Instagram photo; the third looks through his music collection for inspirational hunting music. As they look down, the beastly animal attacks quickly. The men notice too late.

All of the men die.

That’s what will happen to our civilization if we keep going in this direction.

We may not all physically disappear for caring too much about social media or being caught up with modern technology. But intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually we will all be empty. We will all lack depth.

So here is a word of advice: when you are at dinner with a friend or your significant other, be at dinner. Enjoy the food. Enjoy the conversation. Forget about the Instagram photos. Forget about your friend’s text messages. Forget about your work email. Just enjoy dinner.

Otherwise life will pass you by.

If you learned anything from what I wrote, let it be that life is beautiful. But you can only see life’s beauty when you stop and appreciate the simple things.