What would you do if you didn’t have TV or internet for a week? Would you feel lost? Would you feel like you were disconnected from everything around you? Would you feel like you stepped into the past or to another world?
Or would you feel set free? Would you feel a sense of relief? Would you feel calmness? Would you feel healthier? Would you feel happier?
Or would you feel all of these – maybe a bit of both?
Would you pay attention to things around you? I mean, the things right around you. You know, nature, people, architecture, plants, animals, the sounds you hear, the sights you see, the sunrise, the sunset, etc. Would you notice the need your neighbor has? Would you do something about it? What?
What would you do if you couldn’t distract yourself with entertainment? What would you do? How would your life be different? Would it be better? Would you face the boredom? What would you do about it? Would you dare allow it to just sit with you, being uncomfortable?
Do you realize that these questions aren’t seeking an all or nothing answer. They are just questions that seek some attention. We don’t have to be completely disconnected from technology. Just as we don’t have to be completely connected to it either. It is a tool to be used. And just like any tool – use the right tool for the right job. You don’t use a hammer for every job do you?
The last question is this – what job are you trying to accomplish? Is what you are using the best tool for that job? Using the internet might be the best tool to find information? But then again, maybe not. Using your eyes and ears might be also.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
I wonder, if Ecclesiastes were updated to a modern version, would the author add: a time to do, and a time to be. A time for internet, and a time for disconnection. A time for distractions, and a time for paying attention.