Shutting Down

English / Writing

Shutting down, and letting electronics “have a rest” is such a human concept. It was born out of our own needs to shut down our brain every single day since we were born until we finally have a permanent rest.

I still remember my dad shutting down my computer without my knowledge when I was asleep. I was downloading some large files in the days of dial up, and of course, I got mad about it.

Computers or electronics don’t need rest. In fact, the hardest part in the life of an electronic is when it starts up. At least, that’s what I’ve heard.

So in the middle of all the noise about a manifesto that a certain engineer wrote, and other ‘seems to be’ really pressing issues in our lives, I think it’s good to remember that we’re all human, and not a computer.

We don’t have the answer to everything. We can’t. We’re programmed to live for a certain time period that is set by our environment, our culture and our lifestyle. It’s not that long. 60, 70, maybe 80 years if you’re lucky.

I understand the issue is upsetting. And that’s one of the reasons why I’m writing this post. It’s hard to gauge whether an outrage is really felt through the lens of social media, but I know that there’s a lot of people who just want to be good, and helpful.

But I really felt that we’re now debating across a huge fire that is fueled by outrage. We’re all gonna get burned in the end.

If you want a change to happen, then stop the outrage and do real action. Speak, start a dialogue with real people, offline if possible. By speaking out, I don’t mean us using the platform that we stand proudly on to let our opinions out. That’s good, but that’s not what’s gonna solve the issue. Talk with the opposing sides. Don’t block them out. Again, offline if possible.

You might disagree, you might get emotionally hurt, but from the dialogue, you can at least admit that the person sitting to you is a human being, and unless the guy or the girl really is the incarnation of the devil himself, he should also admit that himself.

And when you’re done with the dialogue, shut down. Don’t directly post on Twitter. Process it. Really think of the question why. Because we’re human beings. We’re not supposed to be on Twitter 24/7, participating in a huge botnet of human brains that woke up every day just to react to the news.

Be good, be helpful. But be patient, too. It took 8 hours for a brain to get fully rested and be able to process everything healthily. We’re all in the fire together. We’re all gonna get burned together anyway, so rather than discussing who’s gonna get the worse burn, let’s shut down for a bit, and try to find a way to make the fire at least not as hot.

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I write stuff, A recovering RSS feed addicts.