In the coming weeks I will post about mindfulness – something undeniably innate and essential to our mental, physical and emotional well-being and sadly something we are giving less attention and value to. In the mean time I thought this clip of comedian Louis CK was a perfect warm up. Beneath the expletives and playful telling of why he hates cellphones, Louis articulates some very valid and important issues. First he talks about why he never wants to buy his children a smart phone:
‘I think these things are toxic, especially for kids…they don’t look at people when they talk to them and they don’t build empathy. You know, kids are mean, and it’s ’cause they’re trying it out. They look at a kid and they go, ‘you’re fat,’ and then they see the kid’s face scrunch up and they go, ‘oh, that doesn’t feel good to make a person do that.’ But they got to start with doing the mean thing. But when they write ‘you’re fat,’ then they just go, ‘mmm, that was fun, I like that.’
Then he moves into the very real problem of people not acknowledging how they are truly feeling; scared to just sit in silence and stillness and just feel, we constantly fill every single moment – texting, emailing, checking facebook, twitter, instagram….
‘You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there. That’s being a person. Because underneath everything in your life there is that thing, that empty – forever empty. That knowledge that it’s all for nothing and that you’re alone. It’s down there.’
‘Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed’
Thich Nhat Hanh