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.

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!

The Silver Screen

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18 May 2017 Thursday 2:30pm

 

“Nobody imagines the screen too big.”

Yup, another alarm that woke me up this morning. But no worries, I went back to sleep.

What time is your real alarm anyway, child?

I have two actually. One is at 4:45. And the next one is at 5.

Why do you have two alarms?

There was this one day when I went back to sleep after my 5am alarm went off. And needless to say when I woke up an hour later, I went into panic mode. I had to get my son ready for school within half an hour!

So what happened?

All’s well that ends well, I guess.

Did it happen again?

No, not really. These days, I get enough sleep. Maybe it’s my new bed.

That’s good to hear. Or maybe because you’re at peace with yourself?

Yeah, You could say that too. I guess when you accept and bless everything all the time…well, not all the time. Most of the time, you’ll be at peace with yourself. With your soul…Um, God?

Yes?

We forgot about the alarm. That statement we’re supposed to discuss?

Ah yes. “Nobody imagines the screen too big.”

Yup. That one. Are we talking about the silver screen again?

Why do you call it the silver screen?

I dunno. Let me look it up…Okay. Urban Dictionary says “The real name is called silver lenticular screen, is a type of projection that was popular in the early years of the motion picture industry. The term “silver screen” originated in reference to the actual silver content embedded in the material that made up the screen’s highly reflective surface. The term “silver screen” has passed into popular use as a way of referring to projection screens in general and motion picture projection screens, and also known for being used in theaters.”

Did you know about that?

You mean about the projection screen having silver content embedded in it? No. But when You asked me to look it up, the thought came to mind even before I looked it up. Two plus two equals four kinda thing, You know?

Word association, you mean.

Yeah. That’s what life is all about. Or rather what soul language is all about. Soul language is all about word association.

Like your name.

What about my name?

Joy.

Yes, that’s my name.

Are you—

Oh no.

Oh no what?

Oh no, don’t associate me with the word “happiness”.

Why not?

I’m not happiness. All the time, anyway.

When was the last time you were sad?

Major sad?

Yes.

When Dad died.

And since then?

Since then…maybe one and a half months ago?

Why?

Um…never mind. There are some things a girl likes to keep to herself, is that okay?

That’s perfectly okay, child. So we can establish the fact that even though you are called Joy, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re happy all the time.

No, I don’t want to establish that. Let me just say that to me, the word “joy” isn’t about being happy all the time. To me, it’s about being at peace. Isn’t God also called joy? So I prefer that we establish the fact that God is joy because God is peace. God is love. Love and peace seem to go hand in hand with joy. Am I right?

Yes, you’re right. You keep using the word “establish”. Do you know what it means exactly?

That’s what dictionaries are for. Establish can mean “to show to be valid or true; prove.” Sample sentence is “to establish the facts of the matter.”

What else does it mean?

There are eight of them!

Read to Me the first one.

“To found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis.” So what’s this got to do with the silver screen?

Oh, yes. The silver screen. Nobody imagines the screen too big…Okay. So what’s the latest movie you’ve seen lately?

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 last Sunday.

How was it?

Honestly? Noisy.

How come?

I was a little bit overwhelmed with the special effects. You know, the CGI.

Then why did you watch it?

Well, the kids like it. I thought of buying them tickets and they can watch it by themselves. But we all might as well coz we were gonna have dinner out together. Family bonding sort of thing…So anyway, we still haven’t established the “silver screen” thing.

Ah yes. So do you think the special effects or as you call it, CGI, too big for the silver screen?

Um, no. In my opinion, filmakers would be short-changing us if they didn’t go all out to get as creative as they can when it comes to what they want the audiences to watch. And learn for that matter. Because I believe all films are lessons for everyone who’s watching them.

But you must agree that there is a thing called censorship?

Yeah. Google says the meaning of censorship is “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc., that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.” I guess filmmakers know what is acceptable and unacceptable. And they work within that paradigm. (Ooh, big word.)

So do you agree with our alarm statement?

Nobody imagines the screen too big. Hm…I don’t know. Too big for what?

For miracles, my child. The silver screen is now being used to portray life in the past, present and future. So do you think nobody imagines life too big for miracles?

I don’t know. If we don’t believe in miracles then what else can we believe in?

Precisely.