Brushhog’s Big change; week 1 update

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  • Sun, Dec 05, 2021 - 11:20am

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    Brushhog’s Big change; week 1 update

Hello all. Its been 1 week since I was here and announced my intention to make a big change in the way I approach my internet use as well as my over-all posture towards all world events [ and to some extent, life itself ]. My intent is to turn away from fear porn, political theater, and global events of which I have no power to change, validate or to even confirm the validity of.

In practice I will only use the internet to look up practical information; ie directions, how to videos, etc or to conduct business through email correspondence, and shopping. The one exception will be this site, where I will check in about once per week and engage [ preferably in non-covid related topics ].

After my announcement I received alot of support and encouragement from alot of you and several messaged me to ask if I would write up regular updates. So, its been 1 week and here I am, and so here it is;

 

I have to admit that staying off the internet for all but the absolute practical necessities was hard, especially the first few days. Im used to a certain routine where I go out and do my farm chores then come in and surf, comment, discuss and read….then after lunch back out again and so forth throughout the day. I wanted very badly to log in here and some other places. The time I spend doing this was now like a blank hole in my day and I didnt know what to do with myself. I felt bored. Realizing that what I was missing was like a drug fix or a dopamine shot, I determined to hold out.

Sometime around Thursday I found myself immersed in a couple of books [ I dont even remember taking them down off the book shelf ], I picked up my bow and started practicing again, and I even pulled out my old sketch pad knocked out a few sketches. These are not the digitally precise renderings one might expect to download, nor are they picture quality or even necessarily discernable  reflections of the subject. They are the imprecise, subjective, wobbly, and flawed renderings which reflect the limits and perceptions of the human being who made them.

When my son came home, instead of being engaged in some online discussion, I challenged him to a game of “Uno”. Later in the evening, when my wife got home I took out a deck of cards and we played gin-rummy. It was nice. There was talking, laughing, eye contact and other strange human-isms the likes of which Klaus Schwab would probably not understand. There were no bleeps and blips, no “surfing” of webs, nobody collected our data or profited in any way save, ‘we’,  the participants, whose compensation was received in a currency not visible or even comprehensible to the digital world.

So, overall, I’d call this a very promising start. Ive improved at sport, expanded my reading list, engaged in a creative outlet, and strengthened the bonds of my loved ones. Those are real benefits that I can point to, as opposed to the abstract belief that Im fighting some good fight in a virtual reality, or ‘staying informed’ of the latest series of lies handed down which will inevitably be completely contradicted in the next cycle. Theres no doubt in my mind, as of now, that this “withdrawal” [ as some have called it ] is the wiser, happier, more productive path. It has been, in a big way, a return to humanism for me. Its ‘profits’ come in a form which cannot be commoditized, siphoned off, calculated, taxed, or digitized. They are the kind of things of value that only warm blooded human beings can use or appreciate, and are, therefore, the most valuable things in existence.  I urge you all to consider some version of a “Big Change”.

Your friend,

Brushhog

  • Sun, Dec 05, 2021 - 11:49am

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Congrats!

how inspiring!

husband and I are going to implement something similar.

recently just decided that if the whole ship is going down someday… might as well go down loving our people and drinking in an amazing life!

 

  • Sun, Dec 05, 2021 - 12:04pm   (Reply to #2)

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    Brushhog’s Big change; week 1 update

recently just decided that if the whole ship is going down someday… might as well go down loving our people and drinking in an amazing life!

Absolutely right, Bird lover. I would add that, equally tragic, would be the scenario of the ship not going down, but having wasted and worried away your days in anticipation of it.

  • Sun, Dec 05, 2021 - 12:05pm

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Thats great! i have been trying to do that as well. it is really hard at first..I go sit by the fireplace or window to see nature..read as well. go for walk. reorganize my stocks and get wood for the fire..i keep meaning to better my body by exersizing more but that is slow going..You just have to make yourself sit and do nothing instead of clinging to the computer and you will all of a sudden remember what life use to be before you had it, and it is ALOT better once you get over that hump..i have not had a tv for 40 years but i image the weaning off that is the same..Kudos to you and anyone else trying new things..

  • Sun, Dec 05, 2021 - 12:24pm

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Good to hear from you! I understand your position completely. Since The Covid hit my life-long book reading has suffered greatly. I have spent hours each day scouring news around the world, trying to determine the truth of what was coming. It’s unbelievable and the constant tension wears on everyone.

For many, backing off a bit is the thing to do. Live life while you have it. As far as I know we are all headed down the same path in the end. My goals are to do more fishing, reloading, possibly hunting, and tennis. A relocation will be coming that hopefully will offer more resilience and the ability to do more of the things I have always wanted to do in life, not to mention quite a lot of neglected work that needs to be done. I think these periods of backing off are necessary to refresh oneself.

That is not to say that this is the time to drop the ball either. It seems some considerable segments of the world population are finally waking up, and organization and resistance will be all important at a critical time.  I recently read that December 7th will be a day of support for human rights in some parts of the world. I will try to offer support too.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sun, Dec 05, 2021 - 12:53pm

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That’s a tough one for me.  Did you make a plan, or did you just decide one day to go cold turkey?

  • Sun, Dec 05, 2021 - 01:20pm   (Reply to #6)

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That’s a tough one for me.  Did you make a plan, or did you just decide one day to go cold turkey

I made several half hearted runs at it, then finally came up with a plan and did it. Going completely internet free was going to be too hard so I cut it down to the bare necessities.

  • Sun, Dec 05, 2021 - 04:46pm

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Thanks for the inspiration and challenge! I’ve been contemplating something similar and am going to follow your lead!  Huge thank you!!

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Congrats on your determination and follow through. Sounds like character building 101. Very inspiring story!

  • Sun, Dec 05, 2021 - 09:48pm

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    All the things you can do when the power goes out.

Sometime last year/summer, there was a thunderstorm and the power went out. I got a kerosene lantern out, cooked some food on the propane stove, was just getting into reading something, and the lights came back on. Even though the stress of imminent danger to my frozen food evaporated, I was disappointed. It would do us all good to follow your lead, and disconnect as much as possible. It’s much preferable to do it voluntarily while keeping the luxuries like refrigeration and heat, than being forced to lose them all simultaneously.

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