The price of virtual reality – our inner selves
Though unintended, our addiction to the screens on our gadgets has hooked us up to confining ourselves with the notions and the stances and the facts it accepts or sometimes even creates. These screens are essential to the growth of consumerism and capitalism, as they will convince most of you that you need a certain something to keep ourselves happy. Meanwhile our personal, independent intellectual capacity to make choices slowly crushes under the weight of branding, advertising and conspiracy. We are at the risk of losing ourselves
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What we may have lost already
The loss of time for reflection is what most of us have lost. We may find it difficult to sit quietly in a chair for fifteen minutes without external stimuli maneuvering us into artificial behavior that is not a product of independent thought. When we let this sinister effect overwhelm us, we lose the valuable skill of contemplation and critical analysis.
Who are we? What is important to us? These are some questions whose answers will inevitably be influenced by virtual reality. We are letting the laidback, mindless, reflexive and sometimes even whimsical mindset take over the vigilant, thoughtful and composed careful part of our intellectual self. We are no longer us. We are as we’ve been told by the screens on our TV, phones and laptops.
Stillness, privacy, solitude, slowness, personal reflection are the dire mindsets most of us have missed out despite their dire need in the face of issues such as global warming, issue of asylum seekers and the chemically processed fodder we call food. We are too busy caring about some celebrity’s sex scandal that that’s what our social media is all hyped about. Our minds are asleep, no longer awake for quiet reflection. We care too much about the hashtags or what’s trending that we are slowly becoming them. Ignoring the valuable time contemplation and stillness or a moment to capture with our loved on and save it as a memory, we’re saving links on all the irrelevant detail in the world.
Take a time to clear your heads – it’s not that hard. It’s basic.
To achieve an unbiased mindset that is not maneuvered to fit what supports takes forward the stance of consumerism at the cost of our independent intellectual self, some starting points can prove to be beneficial to bring a brilliant result. Students and employees can find ten-minute period of silence sometime during the school day or homework or work. They could write down thoughts in a notebook during this time. For college students, “introspective intensive” courses can provide an academic insight into the work of finding one’s self or finding one’s self back. They can reflect on what they are learning in college and relate it to their lives and life goals.
Half an hour each day meditating, reflecting, or simply being silent can be another calming yet simple exercise to find what’s really happening in our minds. In even simpler terms, even dinner should be a time for quiet conversation without the interruption of the wired world. Just reading a book in a café that does not allow you your gadgets for the while you’re there is another great time for reflection and contemplation. While changing the habit of the mind is not an easy task, however it isn’t impossible either. With a little determination, we can gift our inner selves the reward it has long deserved. Breaking the cycle of listening to all that the virtual world want portrays us is sometimes accepting what our minds have always wanted us to realize. Such is the act of listening to the voice of our hearts, letting our spirits be free. Such is the time to allow us to wander without the confinements of our schedule, chasing the horizons of our mind, exploring segments of our intellect. We need to create some of that space within our world today. We owe it to ourselves preserve ourselves that space within our own minds as well.