Loosening The Digital Vice: What Can We Do?

walkingParaphrasing and quoting from Jeremy Naydler’s article in Issue 90 of New View (the subject of my last post) …

Some of the things we can do:

Protest. There are several avenues open including online petition, write letters, join an action group, support legal actions, and so on. (Readers living in New Zealand please contact me if you are interested in a local action group.)

“ … bring spiritually informed understanding to the deeper significance of the global electronic brain whose emergence 5G will hasten … develop a clear perception of the moral quality of electricity, the better to recognise the kind of spiritual entity or entities that it serves. This will empower us to break the spell that electricity and electronic technologies have cast over us, and it will enable us to form a more appropriate relationship to them. One of Rudolf Steiner’s most helpful insights into electricity was his observation that it is light in a fallen, degraded state – light that has fallen beneath nature into the sub-natural realm – and that is why we must actively guard against an ever increasing dependence on it, for it threatens to drag us down”.

“This points to a third thing we can do, which is really the foundation of everything else. It is to rebuild our relationship to the light, which in its selfless benevolence and purity greets us every morning and which unlike the false and illusory electronic lights that would lead us into the Underworld, beckons us in a quite different direction, towards our essential humanity. Through a deepened meditative relationship to the light, practiced through the hours of the day and the seasons of the year, we can nurture a relationship to the inner light that is the source of all that is creative and good in the world. This inner light the Christian tradition knows as the cosmic Logos. As the curtain of electrosmog is drawn across our world, we are presented with a sacred task that, come what may, we attend to all that the light has to give, for therein lies the divine Saving Power.”

In the spirit of what Jeremy is saying I offer the following (with gratitude to Richard Louv): Most of us are suffering some degree of Nature-Deficit Disorder. We need to cultivate our capacity to be as much ‘nature-smart’ as we are ‘techno-smart’. “The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”

Richard Louv is a wonderful advocate of getting ourselves and our children out into nature: What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology? How can each of us help create that life-enhancing world, not only in a hypothetical future, but right now, for our families and for ourselves?

Our devices and their screens have the power to increasingly cut us off from any meaningful interaction with the real world – and especially with the world of people, plants, trees and animals, – with streams and wind, mountains and clouds and stars. With the light of the sun itself. Can we take time off from our phone, our tablet, our laptop, and go outside and look around and look up and really take in what we see? Can we see animal forms in the clouds? Can we hear a bee or a blackbird or the laughter of children? Can we taste the air (if it’s fresh)? If we are cut off from nature then we are cut off from a vital part of our own being.

For those of us who have become overly active with technology, do we have the will to regain our balance with nature – with reality?

More on this to come soon.

 

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