“Technology, which promised and indeed delivered so much opportunity for leisure, has lately turned out to be the exact opposite. Omnipresent interconnectedness has enabled the colonisation of idle time. Even time waiting for a bus or a train can and will be put to good use. The company phone works as a modern ball and chain, ever anchoring us to or at least reminding us of duty. If the phones are not calling our attention towards our paid jobs, then we are allowing it to continually reminds us of filling up a void with experiencing and consuming, or being elsewhere.” (Linda Boeckhout, Gods & Radicals)
Honestly, I just don’t get this. Over and over, for years now, I hear people talk about how smartphones, and Facebook, and various other modern conveniences actually hurt us, disconnect us, destroy our time (or even ability!) for leisure or contemplation, etc. But for the most part, nothing changes, on either an individual or societal level. You know what you can do about it? STOP. Get off Facebook. Don’t use a smartphone. Put away the distractions. Pay attention to the world around you. Be an example to others of what life can be like without these things.
Seriously, this is like an addiction. Even people who agree with this perspective will then say “but…” and follow it up with all these reasons they “can’t.” The only real reason is that, ultimately, they don’t want to. Like with a drug, the instant gratification, the temporary pay-off, is more enjoyable than the prospects of what life might be without it.
It’s one thing if you really, fully want to participate in these things, if you like the way they shape your life and your community and your experiences. I will still think that’s crazy, but hey, at least it’s a real choice. Doing things because everyone else is, because the monoculture is forcing you into it, because it’s easier than critical thinking – that’s not a choice, that’s slavery.
So consider this a call from one Dionysian off to the side of things, sick of hearing people complain about their chains while they are holding the keys to their freedom. Think for yourself. Be brave. Don’t follow the crowd just because. Really, truly, put your priorities into action. Make your own choices. GET FREE.
P.S. For those coming to our Dionysian ritual at Many Gods West – leave your devices in your room. And if you forget, they must stay in your pocket and turned off. If I see one person answer a text or take a photo, that phone will become an offering. By which I mean, smash smash. Dionysos deserves your undivided attention, and ekstasis is not for public consumption. Thank you.
As I prepare for our Dionysos ritual at Many Gods West, figure I’d post this reminder about my Summer Is Evil Sale. And a special note: there’s a new listing at Magpie & Rook: 13 Issues of Man, Myth & Magic, the classic 70’s occult encyclopedia magazine!
Go to Goblinesquerie for bone jewelry, my bone-working booklet, incense, and more, or go to Magpie & Rook for a variety of vintage treasures, and enter the code SUMMERISEVIL at checkout to receive 15% off your entire purchase! Sale lasts through August 15.
Lane Memorial Gardens is at the edge of town, at the very furthest point west that any of the regular buses go, and thus one of my last stops of this project. Unfortunately, this was another fairly uninspired cemetery – headstones all flat to the ground, big swathes of lawn, etc. But, a few more trees than the last, and a lot of statuary. One more to go after this!
A reminder that I am selling this necklace (that can’t be listed on Etsy due to their policies) – comment or email me if you are interested.
This delicate necklace of pale green stone beads and silver spacers features three real domestic dog foot bones. Animal died naturally – no animals were harmed to make this necklace.
Measures about 18″ long. Bones are between .75″ and 1.25″ long.
$25 with free shipping (US addresses only).
ETA: THIS NECKLACE HAS BEEN TAKEN.
Recently I had to turn down a couple cartomancy requests due to still being in recovery from my surgery, and a lot of other life craziness. But things are settling down and I’m feeling better than ever, so I’m ready to open the doors again. If anyone is interested in a cartomancy reading, please see this page with the details. I’m excited to get back to work.