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Blog is part answer to a previous blog by Cae but also a mixture of my thoughts.
Those thoughts kinda spiralled out into a web of their own which may or may not make much sense.
With regard to friends or friendship I agree with the go through 100 to find the 1.
That said I do find that I often whilst not interacting with people all the time at Kat feel that if I met them in real life that 1 out of 100 would change dramatically for the better.
I might be wrong but it seems that the vast majority of people out in the big wide world are not actually selfish but seem to be lost with regard to social interaction.
Over time our community centres have ceased to function as we line our square meters with tech and entertainment.
Entertainment is fine but these days seldom shared as we sit in our comfy chair and for many the watching of a movie has become a personal space not a shared one.
Looking to the younger people there is a shift which I think I lay at the feet of advertising giants...... there is so much less of the "how can I help" and an overall attitude of "what do I get"
In many respects my friends did not move away..... I moved to China.
However I do find that the real friends when I return to visit are not so interested in finding out how I am doing but pick up from where we left off. From there we kinda get to see how each other have been doing.
I also think our society is changed and unless a virus destroys tech we can never go back to what we once were.
These days people are short tempered quick to irritate and no longer wait for something but demand it here and now.
Their attention is lost to the real whilst the need to stay on top of messages and clicks within the cyber world of social apps has led us away from interaction with those around us and placed our minds in a world of the imagined and the whole time submersed in the whirlwind of ads and links to shit we do not need.
Society it would seem has allowed itself to become diverted from reality.
Recent horrors occurring around the world shake people out of the daze but a day later it is back to the void and hitting the thumbs up and filling the pockets with an ever growing friends list.
I so often consider that much of the shit that happens is maybe due to our own isolated and unaware attitude of the bigger world outside of our smart phones and pads.
I also cannot stop myself considering how much of this violence and madness might have been prevented if people were aware and not busy inside their social apps.?
SOCIAL: I would say SELFISH
As a teen in the 70's growing up in the UK due to the then difficult issue with Northern Ireland almost no bag, box or strange item was missed at an airport railway station or busy shopping centre.
OK we were programmed in a sense to pay attention and report it.
In todays world such attention is needed much more but we are constantly distracted.
Another downside to this distraction is how governments are able to do the things they do which have no relation at all to what the populations require or want.
In the past I remember we would discuss issues in the canteen over lunch or with a cold beer in the evening.
Today it seems more like gossip? "Did you hear about what happened "
I find it close to disgusting and shameful when asked such a question as the questioner should know that I dammed well KNOW what happened and not have to ask.
Now it does seem like a rant which it possibly is but my mind also jumps to things as an Epitaph for planet Earth...
Divided Conquered and Destroyed by Social Apps.
I sit in a place to eat lunch and all around people are sharing a table but talking to a third person inside the app.
About the only personal interaction is
Are you finished?
Your turn or my turn to pay?
Whist the world of interconnectivity could be a blessing it seems to have become a curse.
For countless millions the world around them has devolved and they are unaware of what is outside their immediate space.
Some might disagree but whilst I have no intention of spamming a hundred video here in China there is a shift of trying to scare people back into reality.
Hundreds of people on a daily basis have bags stolen as they sit to eat but are lost in their social apps laughing smiling having fun and the thieves see opportunity.
Largely young women are the target as they keep a purse in a bag. Men not as much as the wallet is in a pocket.
This distraction and basic destruction of our self awareness is now a full circle.
It is for this reason I feel that the smart phones and pads etc do not enhance our lives but actually stifle them.
We no longer see meet and greet but too often with a shock react when some has to say a name 3 times and then we react with....
Oops I did not see you there ?
How fucking lame is that.?
Anyways the only good news is that this is not a Western Asian or Arabic thing......
It is a worldwide dysfunction.
So now that I have had a little rant and confused probably half the people that read this I suppose I should depart before the other half call emergency services as a lunatic is on the loose.
However to take the edge off my madness and random thoughts that are akin to a collapsed scaffold I shall lighten up my blog with a quick spam of
Fabulous Dancing Cow
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