With Lent beginning this week, I am going to be having an all-media detox. I have already deactivated Twitter and shut down Facebook. I turned my radio off last March and the TV has been turned off for most of the last 4 weeks but will be going completely off on Wednesday. I’m not sure if I will be posting on the blog at all, I have been ‘called’ to silence and a period of quiet reflection and I’m not sure if the blog is included. I don’t think it is but as I am stepping back from everything else, I might not be posting as much but I will still be writing, I’ll see how it goes.
If anyone is fed up with the lockdown and would like to fight back, but do not know what to do, then maybe you could try a ‘silent’ Lent too. Turning off the media is one way you can protest without putting your head in the way of some overly aggressive police officer or allowing some retail Nazi to hound you over a mask. The media need us more than we need them and imagine how it would be if we all shut it down for 6 weeks, maybe even forever. Who knows, it might be the best decision we ever make.
You could also take some time and complain to the Advertising Standards Authority regarding some of the government adverts/propaganda. I sent in 2 complaints recently, one in relation to the ‘Look them in the eye’ ad, and it was a fairly straightforward process. And, yes, I can look them straight in the eye! Can Boris Johnson look us in the eye and tell us the truth? I seriously doubt it.
The media take up so much of our time and attention and what do we get in return, lies, stress, anxiety, censorship and conflict. Do we really need that in our lives? Well, I certainly don’t and I have better things to do with my time, and more productive things to give my attention to.
You could also write to your MP or local Assembly/Council member. The council elections are on in May, in England, and nothing will shift a politician quicker than fear of losing their seat. The elections in N. Ireland have been postponed until next year so, as far as I am concerned, once May comes around their term of office is up, and they have no legitimate authority to dictate to anyone. Who gave them the right to take away our democratic and electoral rights anyway?
I’m also not going to be buying anything other than the bare necessities, food and petrol, I won’t be doing any online shopping. I don’t buy from Amazon, although, I have done in the past but I won’t again. I will be shopping in my local shops only, which I have been doing for most of the last year, and only went to a larger supermarket if I couldn’t get what I needed locally.
I also have a few projects organised for myself, art, knitting, gardening and writing which will keep me occupied and, of course, I am still working.
I’ve been reading more and just finished a couple of books. Matthew McConaghey’s, Greenlights and Out of Isak Dinesen in Africa by Linda Donelson. Matthew McConaghey’s book was enjoyable enough but I would have liked more detail around the events in his life and, maybe, a bit more reflection on how he felt about them looking back. It is however, soooo Matthew - alright, alright alrightttt!
Out of Isak Dinesen was a well-researched and thoroughly good read and one I would read again. I had read Out of Africa but was frustrated by the lack of comprehensive detail around her relationships and the events in her life, a bit like Greenlights. This, however, was very detailed and I loved every minute of it, the film is a poor shadow of this interesting and remarkable woman’s life and I would like to learn more about her life after Africa and her writings.
I haven’t finished The Great Reset yet, mainly because the whole thing is based on 2 false premises, one, that the world is in a ‘climate crisis’ and two, that the world is over-populated. False rhetoric and solutions/policies based on lies and the financial interests of a vested minority, for which we will, ultimately, pay.