Content consumption

We used to read a newspaper in the morning or watch TV news at 9pm once a day.

Now we have 24-hour news channels, online news (fake and real), social media and more.

We used to call our friends once a week and share photos of our holiday once a year with family or friends.

Now we Snapchat them every few moments and upload pictures of ourselves, our lunch, our pets, our bikini, drops of rain running down windows, paint drying…you get the picture.

We used to read a magazine once a week or at the Doctor’s waiting room.

Now we have millions of blog sites, podcasts, and other online articles and information.

So what?

Has all this content consumption made any difference to our lives? Are we more purposeful? More healthy? Better informed? More educated? More represented? freer? More in control? Live with more meaning? More alive? More respectful? More empathetic? More anything that the content elicits we should do. Does any of this gorging of words and images get applied to our lives?

Perhaps we are just consumed by content, like some addictive disease and forgetting the essential thing, to actually live our lives in the present moment, the only moment we are actually alive. Is this the opium to avoid life?

A thought

Perhaps we could choose just to pause in advance of tomorrow, where those who are privileged enough, will all sit down to open presents, eat large feast like dinners, enjoy time with friends and family, perhaps we could all spare a thought for what we are actually celebrating or doing this all for every year.

Perhaps, a thought for those less privileged and what we collectively could do to help those people not just once a year when we are conditioned to be kind to each other, but all throughout the year.

What really is it all about? What could we do differently if we were not conditioned to behave this way once a year? Is there really any meaning to Christmas anymore and what was the idea in the first place?

Or we could choose to not pause and carry on.