Well, it’s all thanks to the internet that we are able to share a little of our world each week, and it’s all thanks to Melanie, the creator of , who faithfully provides us with a list of questions each week. Melanie’s post below contains this week’s questions:
What will finally break the Internet? Do you believe it can be broken at all?
During the past few months, I think a lot of us may have appreciated the internet more than ever. We could keep in touch with our loved ones,, work from home, join online exercise clubs and keep ourselves sane because our electronic device linked us to so much of the world.
Sometimes when I open up my computer there are a bunch of notifications I am totally uninterested in, and I have seen titles such as “Beyonce Breaks The Internet…” I never understood what that meant until a friend told me that when a famous celebrity launches something new and millions of people all try to view, like, comment at the same time, there might be technical issues.
Technical issues is only one aspect of what can go wrong with the internet. We’ve all known what it’s like to have slow broadband or to have lost our wifi signal. Or what about if our electronic device is the problem. I think some of us have become kind of dependant on the internet. Some of use it everyday. It’s a useful tool, It’s obvious why it has become so popular. It speeds everything up.
What might change the use of this tool, (or have it disbanded all together)? A complete change of pace for mankind. If we don’t need to operate at the crazy pace that has been perpetuated for the last few decades, we may return to doing more ourselves. I personally do think it would be nice to do more ourselves and not be so dependant on the internet. I would prefer if neighbours and communities really knew each other rather than being shut away in their own boxes and connecting with strangers who live thousands of miles away.
I think the internet is a useful tool, which in the right hands is positive, but some of us have lost all balance in the use of it and now our use of this tool has threatened a healthy life – a life built around family and community, that helps our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
I suspect that mankind are headed for trouble worse that anything 2020 threw up. Divisive factors are mounting. The internet is clearly a tool that has been used by some people to spread panic and propaganda.
Anyway…what was the question? Internet – broken? Well…it could happen!
What are some ‘red flags’ to watch out for in daily life?
Red flags…does that mean warning signals? I guess I live my life in a fairly simple way. I have never developed any trust in this “system”. It’s not that I am disillusioned. I just saw from a very young age that while it provided a some stability and that we did need some kind of framework for justice, healthcare, education and other forms of welfare, I saw from a very early age that it was faulty.
It is like a house that is riddled with dry rot, infested with termites. There is mold growing up every surface, cracks are appearing in all the walls revealing how much corruption has set in. Every time something goes wrong, a leak in the roof, a burst pipe, or a broken window, a quickfix shoddy repair is administered.
But at the moment it is what we have. It provides a degree of shelter and security. The real issue is the foundation. This entire economic political system is built on the idea that humans are qualified to rule each other. They are not.
So, as I walk through life, living with very few possessions, drawing enormous joy from this beautiful planet, focusing my time on what I can do to be helpful to others, be content, joyful and do what is good and kind, whenever I come across people with big political ideas or commercial ambitions, those seeking fame, fortune or glory…I just turn away and let them get on with it.
I am suspicious of people who like glory and fame. I see it as an ugly trait, one that can cause people to put themselves first and forget others. So all sorts of forms of “superiority” I find questionable. I don’t think nationalism is healthy. I don’t think it’s healthy when people rate their success on how much wealth they have amassed or how many certificates of education they have acquired.
We, the human family, have an assignment, to clean up this earth, look after each other and all other creatures so that everyone can thrive. So when I see people working towards their own goals, their own importance, their own desires…it all seems not only futile, but damaging.
There are way too many people trying to be KING!
What’s the silliest thing someone has argued with you about?
I don’t really do “arguments”.
But Goldfinch thought I was nuts for liking sweet popcorn whereas he prefered salty popcorn. I let him win that argument because he is gorgeous.
There was a guy who came to work who was dishing out his opinions on politics and all sorts of subjects. We were baffled by him. He told us that there is no such thing as global warming and that mankind has been burning up carbon since the beginning of time and there is no problem with it.
I had a patient recently who did not like that I was wearing a face mask. She accused me of being stupid and then said, “You don’t really think the coronavirus is real, do you?”
I have my views…but I don’t jump into debates with people who don’t share my views. With people I know, and who know me, I might ask questions if what they have said does not make sense. They are only questions so that they will think about what they have just claimed. I am not trying to be challenging. But if something does not make sense, I will ask a question and leave them to work out the answer.
What I am trying to say is…there are situations when somebody will say express an opinion that I may not agree with…but rarely is it appropriate to argue with them. I can’t start arguments with patients and visitors!
There are times when I have had a difference of opinion with someone I love. That is harder. But they are not silly issues, they are quite deep issues. I love them though, and I would only ever be happy with a calm discussion, where we are both able to express our views and use reason. Once voices are raised, I shut it down and suggest shelving it. What we do agree on is that we love each other.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve found lying on the ground / side of the road?
We found a packet of what appeared to be some sort of illegal drugs – called the police.
Near to the town I grew up in, it was really sad that there was “fly-tipping” in some of the pretty countryside around. We sometimes went walking along beautiful rural lanes, and turning a corner saw old fridges, mattresses, washing machines, sofas just dumped at the side of the road, which was really upsetting. How can people do that? Why oh why?
Nearby, there is a neighbour who sometimes leaves things on the front wall of their property with a notice saying that if anyone wants those things they can take them. Often it’s horse tackle. I have seen them leave crockery and oven dishes, candelabra, plant pots, a bike helmet, skipping rope…all sorts of little oddities. They seem to have regular clear-outs and donate them to “Joe Bloggs” as he walks past their front wall.
I can’t think of anything stranger than those at the moment.
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I think I have mentioned this before…but my little nest is deliciously cool on a summer’s day. We had some very hot weather here recently. Last Friday, I had some things to do, and Jack and I rose early so we could leave the house in the morning. We came back around lunchtime when the heat was really building. Walking into my little nest was like walking into a big refrigerator.
On a hot summer’s day…this little nest of mine is wonderful to hide away in. Feeling so cool cool cool!