I thank God Almighty every day of my life for countless blessings but today I said a prayer of thanks for letting me have experienced over 75% of my 40-year work life without social media and all forms of electronic communication. Hereâ€™s what todayâ€™s prayer sounded like:
1. Thank you God Almighty for letting me have experienced how to work without Twitter for nearly all my life until I made the dumbass mistake of starting two Twitter accounts (on the advice of self-professed business experts). I honestly believe with all my heart that Twitter can make you lose your mind. Log in and read the Tweets scrolling down your news feed for five full minutes. I guarantee you will read mind-rot that has no purpose other than to lower your IQ and put you in a catatonic state, making sure you wonâ€™t surpass successful people who are achieving instead of wasting their time reading nonsensical posts that have no redeeming value whatsoever. I fell in a trap this week and did what I vowed I would never do â€“ engage in Twitter conversation. I felt like I was in junior high passing notes. I felt like I had gone backwards in life, stumbling into the past, sitting in the high school cafeteria listening to burnouts brag about how wasted they got the previous night. If you donâ€™t believe me, log in and read for yourself. Conversing on Twitter is a form of madness because people actually believe they are forming relationships via keyboard as a replacement for real-life human interaction. I admit I did it this week and felt exactly like I did anticipating the day that high school would mercifully end; wishing away 4 years of my life so I could join real-life. Sweet Jesus, help me come to my senses. Help all of us who are afraid to interact live.
2. Thank you God Almighty for not making me a follower. I couldnâ€™t care less what mainstreamers do. I refuse to live the life of my parents, giving instant credibility to every professional they met. I refuse to blindly follow used, worn-out, re-cycled thoughts by social controllers who want everyone to think the same, talk the same, look the same, act the same, and do the same. Twitter is for followers, not leaders. Twitter makes you a number on someoneâ€™s “follower list.” Followers will never experience the thrill of originality, never experience the rush of creativity, and never feel the reward of building a team, moving it forward, and putting up ladders for others in real-life. Followers give up a piece of their soul, even sell it to the highest bidder, just to stay in line and let someone control their thoughts, their dreams, and ultimately, their goals.
3. Thank you God Almighty for letting me have experienced work without Facebook – for letting me have face-to-face live conversations instead of reading posts of disingenuous bullshit publicly broadcast to fill psychological voids. Emptiness brought on by the daily rut that life hiding behind a computer screen carves out. Staring at a news feed full of private thoughts and private information that people willingly give up, for free, under the hope of being “liked.”
4. Thank you God Almighty for letting me have worked before LinkedIn, allowing me to make real connections instead of the fairy-tale kind. Like an asshole, I have pressed “accept” to 1,156 â€œconnectionsâ€ who I will never meet because weâ€™re all too busy stuck sitting on our asses hoping and wishing that we make the right connection that will make us happier and richer, overnight, without work or exertion, or pain, or discomfort. Hiding from getting knocked flat on our ass and having to learn how to get the hell back up.
5. Thank you God Almighty that I worked long before email. Like everyone else before email, I had to learn to communicate, to achieve, and survive in person instead of hiding behind a screen punching keys to send a message – too lazy or too scared to phone or meet in person.
6. Thank you God Almighty for sparing me from a cell phone for the majority of my work life or I would have missed out – staring at a fucking screen instead of cherishing the world you created for us.
7. Thank you God Almighty that my father never saw me waste a moment of my life on social media. Living on a keyboard isn’t living
That was just todayâ€™s prayer. Thereâ€™s more.
Peace and joy to all.
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
Head coach â€“ Niagara X-men football
Owner â€“ X Fitness Inc.
Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: www.ginoarcaro.com His books include: 4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System. He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks.