Those who pay close attention, or who have nothing better to do in July, may have noticed that I missed a day posting on this blog on Saturday. That hasn’t happened for a few years now. I think maybe I ‘m growing up. Or learning to resist. Saturday was a travel day—the first I had to make from Pennsylvania, back to Newark in order to fly to Washington state and drive a few hours to the lake. All in all, it turned out to be a long day in which I didn’t even notice that I was unplugged. I had a book that I read along the way. Although it’s against my religion—(call it Moby)—(but I jest)—I even fell into a cat nap or two on the plane. I didn’t have a window seat and strangers don’t like you staring in their direction for five hours at a time.
Upon awaking, eyes refusing at first to work in tandem, in the chill mountain air, I realized I’d spent the entire day off the internet. We had to pull out at 2:30 a.m. to meet TSA requirements, and you have to pay for the privilege of connecting to the web in airports and on board jets. I’ve become so accustomed to being wired that I feel I have to explain why I wasn’t able to post a few thoughts when circumstances were so adverse to getting tangled in the world-wide web. Yes, it still has a few gaps where one might buzz through without being caught.
It was remarkably freeing to be unplugged. I believe Morpheus may be correct that they want us to believe reality is otherwise. I feel guilty for not checking email manically. What if someone requires something right away? Some sage response to a communique that just can’t wait until I’m back from vacation? Some reason that I must ask to be inserted back into the matrix if just for a few moments, to hit the reply button? We’ve perhaps been exposed to what The Incredibles 2 calls the Screenslaver, the force that draws our gaze from even the beauty of a mountain lake to the device in our hand, whining for attention. We have wifi here, of course, for the fantasy of living raw is sustainable for only a few hours at a time. Reality, as you know if you’re reading this, is electronic. But until I have to reinsert myself at the cost of my soul, I think I’m going to take a dip in the lake.