SHMITA: LESS CONTACTS, MORE CONVERSATIONS
“We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.” (Sherry Turkle)
The Shmita year is more than half way through, and FallowLab’s exploration of better balance between actual and virtual reality continues deeply into what makes our lives more connected – to each other, in more deeper and long-term-sustainable ways. With all the gifts of the digital we are reminded to not lose sight of where real intimacy can and wants to happen – face to face.
This month’s conversation features a reminder to dig deeper into the moral life by Rabbi Kook, Rushkoff’s warning from sole reliance on the digital for community, and Sherry Turkle’s plea for us to hang up and look up. Less contacts and more connections – to ourselves, each other, the ground we walk on.
Can a wiser use and disuse of our social media lives help us cultivate more enduring friendships and intimate conversations?
Join us to discuss and find out.
“In spite of its many dehumanizing tendencies, digital media is still biased toward the social. In the ongoing coevolution between people and technologies, tools that connect us thrive—and tools that don’t connect us soon learn to. We must remember that the bias of digital media is toward contact with other people, not with their content or, worse, their cash. If we don’t, we risk robbing ourselves of the main gift digital technology has to offer us in return for our having created it.
“This once-every-seven year illumination carries an afterglow of divine ideals that will gradually shape our ethical characters so that the outlook that flows from them will become a deeper and more formative part of us, until a longer, significant period has elapsed – enough to raise up not merely individuals – or just the collective in a particular generation but all the generations that lived during that period.“
Rabbi A.Y. Kook