Four months ago I decided to delete Twitter. I am now using DuckDuckGo as my search engine. Now I am in the process of purging my instagram and Facebook accounts. It’s not hard saying goodbye to the constant negativity, guilt, shame and censorship but it is hard saying goodbye to the connections we have made. The biggest loss we face is losing connection with friends and family. This was the main purpose of Facebook in the beginning. Platforms designed to facilitate connection but unfortunately they have become sources of division and deception.
Unless I am willing to be brainwashed into thinking a certain way to appease the platforms, their services are no longer needed. I refuse to be a product that others make money off of. I refuse to be told how to think or what to think. I refuse to be shamed and guilted into subservience. That is why I created this blog. It is not easy of course. It’s like starting all over again.
Its also hard for others to make the transition. I am sure some of our friends and family see this blog as a great idea but they are unwilling or unable to make the adjustment. It’s simply easier to maintain the status quo and stick with what is familiar.
When our daughters were little they loved the Shrek movie and we are all familiar with Shrek saying, “Change is good Donkey.” Yes. Change is good, but change is also difficult. Change requires courage, perseverance and committment and some stubborness (which I have in spades), and a commitment to a result that is even better than the current “fix.” Yes, fix. I meant to say that because we are all addicts. We are addicted to alcohol, drugs, sex, television and now social media. I admit, I am addicted to my smartphone. Many of us are.
Starting over on this platform is a learning curve for sure. I am hoping to meet new friends and connections along the way. I am also hoping our current friends and family will continue to follow our journey here. My goal is not to preach but to inspire, encouage, challenge and perhaps stretch our thinking a little.
I hope you join me in this journey.