The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains says, 'When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning.'
With my brain pretty much shot to bits by computer habits I've nurtured for decades, reading Nicholas Carr's book is a challenge. My hand wants to click; my brain wants to flit around the flimflam shadowland of connectivity. I feel like a Star Trek character resisting mind control as I grasp my skull with a tortured, 'Arghhhh - I can - almost - remember - how it was to think deeply!' Another quote from the book:
'The net may well be the single most powerful mind-altering technology that has ever come into general use.'
Even as we the plugged-in minions scorn the backwater Luddites, they are the lucky lavish loungers, books in hand, textured thought at their leisurely command.
And though my net-infested brain sac is webbed through with hyperlink obsession, she thinks she's found in Barcelona a guide post back to sublime contemplation. It's a church! Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí's yet-to-be-completed cathedral, a masterfully nuanced design of genius. I am told. But a still small whisper deep inside me calls it a conglomeration of doodads and distractions we could all do without.
Carr again: 'The net seizes...
Babèlia is a multi-lingual café, book shop, gallery and music space on Carrer de Villarroel, Barcelona.
At the base of the Sitri temple near Pushkar, Sandeep calls you to his desert cafe to watch him prepare three kinds of chai, one with milk, one with mint another with mint and lemon. I wrote more about this encounter in my post, Delhi / Pushkar days 3 & 4.
A boy in Pushkar, India, fixing a pillow covering for a customer. I think you might agree, his sewing is performance art.
Some of the moments surrounding the wedding of my dear nephew, Christian, and his beloved partner, Cameron. Family and friends wish them life's bounty as they build their life together. Zwika, Spencer, Sam, Pam, Orly, Omer, Natan, Liat, Jane, and Art, unable to join us in person, were very much with us in spirit.