What I want from technology is not a new world. What I want from technology are tools for exploring and enjoying the world that is – the world that comes to us thick with ‘things counter, original, spare, strange’, as Gerard Manley Hopkins once described it. We might all live in Silicon Valley now, but we can still act and think as exiles. We can still aspire to be what Seamus Heaney, in his poem ‘Exposure’, called inner émigrés.
Far too often, we join a niche in educating ourselves in that area, only to later forget what we had come for so that we continue to live in that slot out of pure laziness and comfort. Minimalist living blogs have been a tremendous help for me initially, but I now have to dial back the number of media I am consuming on the topic. Although there is always something new, many of the ideas are rehashed so much that it flies in the face of minimalism. Instead, I want to focus on sorting out thoughts that I now base on plentiful input. I don't want this to become just another easy escape, just like I used to read Apple news.