Amidst the din of competing sites, blogs and other social media, I sometimes find my mind a complete blank when I sit down at the laptop. There is SO much to choose from that I either end up doing nothing, or else traverse the same well worn pages in a routine familiarity. But sometimes I have a feeling that I’m missing out, that there is great content out there if only I had the patience to find it (and more importantly, the time to absorb it when I get there). Of course I glance at some of the many online aggregators but they can be so busy, with a lottery of content that’s as bad as it is good.
Well this morning I happened across a wonderful site that has so much cool stuff, I just want to devote hours to exploring all that I’ve missed. Some of you may be familiar with www.brainpickings.org but for a newcomer there’s a lot to catch up on.
I was especially taken with yesterday’s post on The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947 and this musing from 1946 which pre-empts the effects of global communication on our personal relationships:
The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters. meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked. This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.
The digital age may enhance our lives in myriad ways but this passage begs the question whether we sometimes overlook the reality and possibilities of the person beside us in our rush to consume online?
And yes, I realise the paradox even in my own post!