Since Thursday, I have sat down behind my laptop a few times with the urge to write, unsure where to begin. My laptop choose for me, it began to randomly shut down whenever it dang well pleased. So…I have a new friend coming to me via a FedEx truck.
As many of my close friends know, it pains me to buy new things. It can physically make me sick to my belly. I think I went to the checkout 30 times before I could actually push the button to purchase a new computer.
Here in lies my dilemma. I can’t unknow what I know. Profound, right?!
First: It is a fact that technology builds barriers between actual community. Though it can provide immediate and sustained contact to friends in a various places of the globe. And could even help the formation of new friends. Definite pros and cons.
Second: Most, if not all, computers contain a mineral that has been one of the causes to upheaval and violence in the DRC. Unfortunately, I can’t find a “but” for this sentence. Rather I could use the computer to spread the message that this needs to end…does that even remotely touch the injustice? Or is that just a cop-out?
Third: It was a heck of a lot of money. It was by far more than what many individuals around the globe make in a year, two years, five years, etc. I go back to good ole’ Dorothy Day who was quoted as saying, “If you have two coats, one belongs to the poor.” So I’m sitting here looking around my apartment thinking of how I can simplify, simplify, simplify. What can I do to equalize the inequality in wealth?
Maybe you will chalk my feelings up to buyer’s remorse. I’m not sure how to rectify these issues except use this bit of technology to continue the conversation of where and how our devices are made, what impact this has on the global world, our own community and our lives.
On another front, this week was full of firsts!
I had my first Arabic class and begin to see the difference between Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and ummm… Arabic. Nothing like somewhat starting from scratch, right? It also stirred up the urge to want to go, go, go. I had to return to the mantra, “I came home for a reason, I came home for a reason, what was the…, I mean, I came home for a reason.”
I went to my first observance of International Peace Day and meet some lovely individuals. This included a inspirational woman who was turned towards peace after her son was killed in the Lockerbie bombing. Incredible stories of hope despite loss. It was quite breathtaking to find many followers and leaders of major religions in one room with one purpose: peace. Another world is truly possible!
The last is a covert first: The discovery of someone knowing my name.
Finally, here is a cheap endorsement but go out and buy Lupe Fiasco’s (yeah, yeah it’s going against my simplicity..) new album. He is a voice in the wilderness!
I know this hasn’t been a terribly coherent post, but that is pretty much my current state of my mind. Jumbled and trying to find focus so I can merely enjoy the moment.
“Live simply so others may simply live.”
Mother Teresa and Gandhi