unplug people!Submitted by krusty on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 08:39
Are you, my fellow DPers, at ALL surprised about these recent "revelations" about the extent to which we are being watched and listened to? I hope not. Most of us were well aware of this intrusion on our privacy, it's just amazing that it's coming to light now, while the dust hasn't even settled from the other "scandals".
Sitting and talking with my husband last night, acknowledging that we believed this was going on for the past decade, we came up with an idea. Unplug a bit people. Neither my husband or I do Facebook, Twitter or even email personal information beyond work related things. We don't pay our bills online. Perhaps one way to deal with the tyranny we're living under, is to stop putting so much personal information out there. Put your devices down more often, and live the life thats in front of you...the people you see, the world outside your door. The internet is a phenomenal tool for seeking information, but why do we as individuals need to consciously put so much of our own identity into the cyber webbing that we now know without doubt is being recorder and monitored?
These are dangerous but exciting times. So many of us who have been awake to the impending police state are watching our predictions and theories become main stream. This is exciting. Whats dangerous, is that the illegal and tyrannical actions of our gov't are being exposed, and yet the American people are still not reacting and responding in a a way that matches the crimes. I was in a group of 10 adults last night, and not one brought up the NSA scandal.
There is still a lot of waking up that needs to happen. In the meantime, how about living the life thats literally in front of you, instead of living through screens and phones. Plant a garden, talk to your neighbors, go on a walk with your kids, and put the devices down. Jump out of the cyber web a bit more and make your corner of the Universe a better place to dwell. There is much that is out of our control, but there are still ways we can consciously choose not to participate in the madness that surrounds us. Stay informed, spread the word and enjoy whats in front of you.