Facebookitis

Yes, I’m spending too much time on facebook. Why? Well, it’ so easy. One waits for comments on your posts, posts on your comments, comments on your comments, and finds some posts, some comments, interesting even if you don’t comment back. It’s one gigantic blog where everyone is posting and commenting at the same time. The stream of information is sweeping by at an alarming rate. A hot topic one day disappears into the next. It’s information overload! But fun. Still, is it largely a waste of time? Not necessarily.

It can be a channel into interesting topics. Sam Harris has a FB page which I looked into and found an interesting two hour long debate between Harris and Shermer on one side and Chopra and Houston on the other. Juan Cole has a page. And Barney Frank. Then there’s Karen Armstrong with her Charter for Compassion. Countless others. Too much of course, and how does one pick and chose?

The net result is I ignore this blog. Not that I don’t have enough to do besides facebook. The Norway UU church keeps me busy. The stewardship campaign is beginning and there’s hardly anyone to run it. A flurry of emails amongst Chris Davis, Kathi Pewitt, Deborah Crump, Richard Beal, and me, plus a couple of phone calls from Chris to me, finally resolved a date for our kickoff meeting: April 16th from 5:30pm to 7pm. And then there’s all the church’s financial stuff with me as treasurer. Then there’s OUR financial stuff.

Enough for now. I’ve got to think about food and interact with Cynthia regarding the food, plus check our provisions.

Oh, but I’m reading an interesting philosophical book by James P. Carse, “Breakfast at the Victory: The mysticism of ordinary experience”. Fascinating but difficult. The need for silence. The heading for the sixth chapter is one of my favorites. It’s from the Rig Veda X:129:

Then even nothingness was not, nor existence.
There was no air then, nor the heavens beyond it.
What covered it? Where was it? In whose keeping?
Was there then cosmic water, in depths unfathomed?
Then there was neither death nor immortality,
nor was there then the touch of night and day.
The One breathed windlessly and self-sustaining.
There was that One then, and there was no other.
In the beginning desire descended upon it —
that was the primal seed, born of the mind.
The sages who have searched their hearts with wisdom
know that which is kin to that which is not.
But, after all, who knows, and who can say
whence it all came, and how creation happened?
The gods themselves are later than creation,
so who knows truely whence it has arisen?
Whence all creating had its origin,
he, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not,
he who surveys it all from highest heaven,
he knows — or maybe even he does not know.

Now I gotta go.

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  1. Billie’s avatar

    I don’ t have to tell you that I spend waaaaay too much time on FB. Comparisons are odious, but if you ever want to make yourself feel better…just consider my (self-made) situation. Just love seeing you there, though. And it is much more fun that blogging. So my blog is languishing, too.

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Wow, thanks for your comment, Billie! Yes, we agree, FB is much more fun than blogging and makes it easier to interact with lots more people and get the good news out; you are wonderful with that and I admire your dedication very much. Keep up the good fight, Billie, way down there in the south of Texas! This is the other end of the country but we were proud to have Obama visit us in Portland the other day. Thanks again, Billie, and to repeat, I admire your dedication to helping people and eliminating injustice. I could do more.

  3. geologyjoe’s avatar

    FB has stolen the time i once put into my blog as well.
    the difference is that most on fb is fleeting while blog posts live in cyberspace forever.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, good point, Joe. FB stuff seems to disappear, consistent with a lot of it being thoughts in passing. I guess FB is just one gigantic conversation with topics always changing or morphing into other topics. Whereas our blogs, as you say, will be around forever.

  5. Steve Hayes’s avatar

    Facebook is too disjointed and impossible to follow. It promotes attention deficit disorder. Blogging’s better.

  6. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks for your comment, Steve! YES! I think you nailed it: FB promotes ADD! I’ve finally gone “cold turkey” on FB, starting my 2nd day today. Hopefully I can cure myself of the addiction. It’s truly amazing how fast things just disappear into the background there; it’s hard to maintain a discussion for more than a day. There are too many distractions and other discussions going on. Which one? Which one? Am I suffering from ADD?? 😉

  7. Steve Hayes’s avatar

    All I use Facebook for is to let people know when I’ve posted something new on my blog 😀

  8. Mardé’s avatar

    Now that’s a good idea, Steve. I’m not sure in my case it would work — my FB friends are having too much fun distracting themselves from themselves? :-)

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