We Are iGen

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5 August 2017 Saturday 8:14am

Someone recommended I should read an article about how this generation is being ruined by our smartphones.

The article described how different it was generations before when we met face to face to socialise. Instead, this generation is staying home more and socialising via the smartphone most of the time.

The article, which is a long read with statistics (midway…yawn…scroll…scroll…scroll), concluded that this generation is simply going south till kingdom come.

Here’s my take: Remember when micro mini skirts were the rage? (“The indecency of it all! This generation will burn in hell!”) That didn’t last. If I recall correctly, maxis were the next fad. We’re fickle that way.

What I’m trying to say is, we’ve always survived every generation’s idiosyncrasies.

Remember when Mum & Dad use to say, “You’re always out!”

Now they’re saying, “You really should go out.”

We are what we create. ¬†We’re smarter than we think. That’s why we will survive.

And by the way, the article said, apparently this smartphone generation’s decline began after 2012. Hm…my favourite year.

The Lost Specs

1 August 2017 Tuesday 4:41pm

I came home after my brisk walk this morning only to find out I dropped my expensive progressive spectacles at the beach. I had an inkling where I dropped it but I thought, “Man, I’m tired! It’s a long walk back.” I made up my mind of letting it be lost. But I felt the loss really bad because it was so expensive. I told Mum. She persuaded me to go look for it. So I got dressed and trudged back to that spot. From afar, I spotted it! I thought, Please don’t let it be a twig or a leaf or something! Please, please, please! And lo and behold, it was there! My specs was still there! I was so happy!

I’m glad for you.

Thank You. So, everything has a purpose, right?

Remember when I said that when you lose something, you lose it because your soul wants to experience losing something?

Yeah. When I knew I lost my specs, I remembered that. That’s why I decided to just let it be lost.

But your mum persuaded you to go back. Why did you?

She gave me hope, I guess. I thought if I don’t find it then I don’t find it. At least I tried.

That’s it.

What’s it?

That’s the purpose. At least you tried. Now, let me ask you–What if you didn’t try?

I can’t answer that.

Why not?

Because I did try. But I can guess what would have happened if I didn’t try.

Alright.

I guess I’ll feel the loss for a while but I’ll soon forget about it. Spectacles can be replaced.

What about your soul? Can your soul be replaced?

Oh man. Now, how in the world did we get from talking about my lost specs to lost soul?

Never mind. 

How Did We Ever Survive Without Mobile Phones?

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19 July 2017 Wednesday 4:46pm

Rene’s mobile phone crashed. So today he’s uncontactable. And yet I’m not worried as compared to when he has a phone and he’s contactable, but doesn’t reply. That’s so weird.

It’s because you know that there is no way for you to contact him. That certainty gives you peace of mind that there is nothing you can do about the situation. You have accepted the situation as it is: He is uncontactable. While when your son was contactable and doesn’t reply, it’s worrisome. Any parent would be worried when he or she has provided a way of connecting with a child, especially during an emergency, and yet there’s no response. The parent’s mind will start to imagine the worst scenarios out of fear.

But the only difference between those two situations is that there is (or lack of) a mobile phone. So which is better?

Which do you think?

I asked You first!

I Am you, you are Me.

Fine. I believe not having a mobile phone is better.

That’s a surprise.

Yeah. I’m surprised too. Maybe it’s because someone mentioned to me about how in the world did we ever survive without mobile phones before. The answer that came to me was that we did. We did survive without mobile phones at one time. Even if there was an emergency. The only difference is that we can get things done faster now. And the world is a lot smaller. We are more connected. But believe me when I say, there are still people out there in the modern world or first world countries, who prefer not to have mobile phones. For whatever reason. They rely on what’s available when absolutely necessary. And they’re surviving. I suppose if I tried it I would survive too.

How about your kids? Do you think they’ll survive?

Of course, they will. But why dwell on it when it will never happen? To most youths nowadays, phoneless is like being armless. But if there ever was a mobile phone holocaust or something, I believe we will adapt. Humanity is a survivor. Oh man. Why have we suddenly involved the whole world into this?

The world is your mission, remember?

Yeah. I forget sometimes.

And you forget that when you broadcast your reality to the world like this post, it is to help others. Messengers are teachers who experience what they are teaching. So what lesson do you think this situation is bringing to others?

Like what You just said, I have accepted the situation as it presents itself. If there’s nothing I can do about a situation, then I accept it. It may be I who need to change how I feel about the situation. Rene has no phone today so he’s uncontactable. And that’s that. Oh man…Suddenly, I’m worried.

Worry is like a rocking chair.

Yeah, I know.

Haven’t you learnt by now that everything that happens has a purpose? And what matters is how you deal with what’s happening or what has happened. It’s good to find out why it happened. But try not to let the why’s (especially if you will never know what they are) hinder you from dealing with the problem. If there is one. If there isn’t a problem then accept it as a learning tool and move on.

Now, I’m getting really worried.

Worried about what hasn’t happened? You’re worried about what doesn’t exist? Is worry worth the time and energy about something that doesn’t even exist?

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10:40pm

If worry stops me from getting anything done, then no. It’s not worth it. Coz that’s what happens when I worry.

Worry can also be useful. So what did you do when you were worrying about your son just now?

I texted his teacher to ask her what time he left school. Because he wasn’t home yet at the usual time. The teacher replied that he left the school quite late. And I heard on the radio there was heavy traffic on the highway. And with that, at least I had an idea of his ETA.

So he came home after all.

Yeah. All’s well and all that. So You were saying about how worry is useful?

A little worry makes you cautious. Which is good in certain situations. But worry can be set aside or even be put to rest when the right information is on hand.

Yeah. But what if–

Don’t.

Don’t what? I’m just asking. What if something really happens like if–

Don’t. What-if’s are the same as worry. You are asking about what doesn’t exist.

But isn’t it too careless for a parent to not think of scenarios when their child may need help during emergencies? I won’t be a good parent if I simply don’t care about my child’s well-being, isn’t it?

All parents care about their children’s well-being. And each parent will try their best to be the best parent. Because of your numerous beliefs, traditions and cultures, there are also numerous methods and styles of parenting. At the moment, there are no specific textbooks or guidebooks carved in stone on how to be a parent in your world.

Is there in Yours? Haha. Kidding.

Yes.

I was kidding. Are You serious? You have guidebooks on how to be a parent in the realm of the absolute?

I’m not kidding. And yes, I Am serious. You are talking with The Ultimate Parent of all, are you not?

Oh well then, pardon me.

This world will have the most loving and understanding, patient and comforting, joyful parents if they are guided by their soul. Your soul is God. God is The Ultimate Parenting Guide.

So let’s do it. It isn’t too late for my kids to be guided as per The Ultimate Parenting Guidebook, is it? 

No, it’s not. But what about those who are about to start new families or have newborns?

Don’t look at me.

And let’s leave it at that. For now, anyway. So let’s get back to your son’s phoneless-ness.

Haha. That’s funny. I bought him a new phone before he came home. Well sort of. I got him a second-hand one.

Why?

Coz he might lose it.

Did he lose his old one?

No. But that one is really old. That’s probably why it crashed.

You mean it’s so old nobody would want to steal it.

Um…

Do you know that it’s also judgment when you assume others will do “bad” things which they have not done.

Sorry. It’s just that if I buy him a new one, and he loses it, it will be such a heartbreaker!

Pocket breaker, you mean.

Yes, that too.

Tell Me, how many things have you bought that are expensive and are now just gathering dust somewhere?

Argh! I knew You were gonna bring that up!

My point is, there is no such thing as a happenstance. Even losing things. Or your possessions getting stolen. They are situations your soul planned to happen. You and your soul are always trying to prove something to yourself. Who are you in these situations? Who do you want to be? Who do you not want to be when faced with such situations? The anger, the resentment, the angst, the vengeance stem from the feeling of being victimised. You are never a victim of circumstance. Because that circumstance is your creation. You chose to be in such a place, at such a time, in such a situation. You do that all the time. Unless you have never ventured outside of some dungeon somewhere. But then being in a dungeon somewhere is also your creation. You put yourself in that dungeon for a purpose. And that is to experience what being in a dungeon feels like. It is the same with having your possessions stolen. Your soul wish to experience what losing something feels like.

I understand all that. So fine. Okay. Let’s say I am now experiencing what it feels like to get my expensive mobile phone stolen. I feel the loss maybe for a couple of days…Um, wait a sec–Actually, I have experienced having my phone stolen before. And I realised at that time that as soon as it disappeared that I’ve actually been wanting a new phone all along before it got stolen.

Your thoughts are powerful enough to attract situations that will create your reality in order for you to experience that particular thought.

So I guess Rene wanted a new phone all along. That’s why it crashed.

What kind of phone was it anyway?

Um…An iPhone 4.

Poor boy.

His new phone is an iPhone 6, okay!

A second-hand one.

Argh!