Hey, it Just Sounds to Me Like You Need to Unplug, Man.
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If you spend hours a day surfing blogs, you’re trapped in the Matrix. Being an ex-hardcore MMORPG addict makes me an expert on getting sucked in. In that world, I met thousands of people, I slew dragons, I saved lives.
Meanwhile, in the real world, I sat in front of my computer for hours tapping on my keyboard and staring into my monitor.
I know why you’re here, Neo. I know what you’ve been doing… why you hardly sleep, why you live alone, and why night after night, you sit by your computer.
Living in a cacooning world, you give in to your urge to socialize - to connect to other people, to not feel alone, to feel important, to feel wanted.
Like throwing a rock into a lake and seeing ripples on the water or shouting at a mountain to hear the echoes of your voice, you feel a need to confirm your own existence.
But does reading about Google policing paid links help you get your laundry done? Does knowing that Yahoo redesigned its home page take care of your phone bills? Does leaving a comment about why Jason Calanis is wrong pay for your baby’s diapers?
You know, I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize?
Ignorance is bliss.
When I wake up in the morning, I instinctively fire up Google Reader to jump-start my brain. Since I’m my own boss, sometimes, that quick peek turns into hours of reading and commenting and posting and I get no work done.
Here’s a thought de jour:
You already know enough.
“Hey, it just sounds to me like you need to unplug, man. You know, get some R and R” - The Matrix