the trough of media feed is engineered for me

Pay attention

I swear that the next time I buy nail clippers, I am going to chain it to a log, something so big that I would never lose the damned thing again.

I must own three of them, and yet every time I’m left searching around trying to find them.

And then it appeared. It was laying there, right in front of me.  I had been looking around so much, thinking about where they could be, that I hadn’t been paying attention to what was actually there in front of me.

There’s a lot of thinking to be done today. Because there’s a lot of information making impressions. There’s also a lot of heartfelt loyalty to camps, parties, race, and gender, and this makes paying attention hard to do, because I’ve limited my attention to thinking about the information that I care about: the information that supports my cause.

I lift up my head from the trough of media feed that’s engineered for my consumption, a tempting and tantalizing mixture of fear and drama.

Then I take a look around.  And I notice Reality.

Reality doesn’t have a camp.  Reality stretches out far and wide.  It requires paying attention, and processing new information.

And this is more enlightening than sitting in a camp, trapped by my thoughts.  Go explore and learn new things: no need to protect the camp.  There’s a whole world out there to pay attention to.

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