Saturday morning quotes 2.18: Be authentic
Due to loss of valuable time spent dealing with some very frustrating obstacles — having to do with the unfortunate ubiquitous presence of bad behavior on the internet — one of us is a hair’s breadth from suspending all online activities, including our Saturday Quote series.
The internet is a den of thieves. Think about it. Without authentic human interactions and direct visual and physical modes of communication and response, the internet is merely a playground for the unethical to prey upon the trusting and unsuspecting. The internet is the main reason musicians can no longer make a living, as they are routinely robbed both by digital distributors and outright thieves. The internet is responsible for the breakdown of community with the advent of so-called “social networking” sites, where “liking” something is supposed to replace actually getting off one’s duff and helping one’s friends and neighbors.
Instead of suspending our Saturday Quotes, readers are just going to have to put up with one from us:
Read this and then turn off your computer and do something real. Read a book, preferably something relevant like H.G. Well’s Time Machine, or Orwell’s 1984. Listen to a CD, preferably something by Mignarda. Dig in your garden. Sing. Play your lute. Anything that involves preserving authentic human skills.