A note on boredom, anonymity, and declinism

It’s interesting to see how the amount of ennui in our society increases simultaneously as technology advances. We are doing something wrong. Technology and its rapid advancement can be not only distracting but dangerous. 

Is this contributing to the declinism of our society? I think it is, and my only advice is to be more empathetic and caring of others around you. 

The abundance of digital content, the accessibility of technology, the algorithms strictly designed to keep you connected and in rage, and the facility to consume more goods from our homes, digital and non-digital, it’s all part of it. 

We are becoming isolated creatures who are often policing others to see how they are behaving and ready to complain publicly if other people disagree with us.

Attacking and criticizing others is easier than ever; digital anonymity is at the root cause of this. Interestingly, those who identify themselves and dare to share their opinions publicly suffer from attacks of people who dislike what they say, destroying any opportunity of dialog and intelligent conversation.

It is boredom, online anonymity, misinformation, and many other things contributing to a civic and ethical decline. 

I’ve found myself lured into digital anger holes just by doom-scrolling on Twitter and other platforms. Even when I think I’m self-aware, it’s hard to push back and ignore the ignorant and the misinformation of pointless negativity, some of which comes from people who are just virtue signaling.

Slowing down is the best thing we can do, in my opinion. Before you reply to a critic, before responding to someone’s comment, take a minute and figure out if responding or commenting to something undeniably negative or ignorant is necessary. I think it is not.

Fighting misinformation, cynicism, and hate speech are necessary, but we can’t do it with more misinformation and cynicism of our own. We often fall under tribalism behavior, and it requires a large amount of patience and self-awareness to combat that. 

We don’t need to stop innovating to advance our technologies. However, we need to be wise and empathetic to those who are negatively affected by it. Hence, we should be aware of what’s happening and be willing to make changes, even when not in our favor, to ensure the technology and progress that comes with it benefit everyone equally.

At a personal level, I find it beneficial to be more present and empathetic to those around us, our family, our friends, the cashier at the store, the homeless around the corner, the people with who we disagree, etc. 

Just follow the Golden Rule:

One should never do something to others that one would regard as an injury to one’s own self

Mahābhārata 13.114.8

Prioridades y responsabilidades

Es difícil crear y dedicarte a tu pasión cuando tienes otras responsabilidades. Si esa es tu posición, te sugiero cambiar tus prioridades para que le entregues tu tiempo y toda tu energía a tu pasión o a ese proyecto en el que quieres trabajar.

El fracaso es algo real, así como las consecuencias de este. Pero el peor fracaso de todos es llegar al fin de nuestras vidas y darnos cuenta que nunca hicimos el esfuerzo para lograr nuestros sueños. Es mucho mejor fracasar, aprender de estos fracasos, y seguir adelante.

Todo tiene riesgo, pero si pones atención te darás cuenta que la mayoría de los éxitos, se dieron después de fracasos, mucha paciencia y perseverancia.

Feliz fin de semana!

Are you an amateur, enthusiast, or a pro?

Many of us have hobbies, things that we enjoy doing but not necessarily spend a lot of time, money, or much effort. Some of us have other passions where we dedicate more time, more money, and a lot of effort; I think we can call ourselves enthusiasts on those topics.

Professionals are defined, I think, by the fact that they will get paid in exchange for the work they do. For example, a professional photographer is that person who gets paid to photograph products, people, homes, etc.

An amateur photographer will take photos, get a good camera, although not an expensive one, and probably won’t get too deep into the world of photography.

Now, and this is my opinion, an enthusiast photographer is that person who might be as skilled as a professional photographer but doesn’t yet do it for a living while still dedicating a fair amount of time to this task, and enough money to get a better camera, or cameras.

Who cares about this? I am not sure. I am writing this because I was thinking about my progression as a photographer, and while I don’t do it for a living, I spend a lot of resources on it.

This all came up when I decided to update my bio on Twitter and Instagram. I was about to type “amateur photographer” but changed it to “enthusiast photographer.” It fits better.

After all of these years, countless hours, trips, money spent on equipment, walks, etc., I think I have graduated from an amateur to an enthusiast. It also sounds better, right?

Ditching Gmail for Fastmail

Gmail is a good service. It’s fast, reliable, and I like the interface of their mobile app and website. But the cost for this service is too high, at least it is for me right now. Gmail is not free; you pay by allowing the service to show you ads based on what’s in your email, how often you open it, and what emails you read. You pay for Gmail by sharing your data and disregarding your privacy.

I started using Gmail when Hotmail became too annoying to use. At the time, Gmail was new; it offered 1GB of storage (an incredible amount when compared to what Hotmail and Yahoo Mail provided at the time), a clean interface, and of course, a fast and reliable search function.

Gmail was also always better than Yahoo Mail and Hotmail at stopping junk email from getting at the top of your inbox, and I appreciate that very much. The concern with Gmail is that they scan your emails to find keywords or phrases that are used for advertisement purposes.

I want to move all of my stuff under the same domain, my blog, email, newsletter, etc., and as I prepare to do this, I will use this opportunity to move my email to a paid service that offers privacy.

At this moment of my life, paying for an email service with dollars is more cost-effective than paying by sharing my data and giving up my privacy.

I’ve heard of Fastmail, Protonmail, and others for years, but I am choosing Fastmail for now. Fastmail’s privacy and security features are what I am looking for, and for $5 a month for their standard service, which includes up to 30GB of space, I am sold.

The good thing is that since I am using my domain name with my email, switching email providers won’t affect my ability to send/receive messages as it will always be the same email address.

My recommendation for everyone out there is to get a domain name, get an account with a paid email provider that respects privacy, and own and protect your data as much as possible.

¡Hasta la próxima!

Started using a logbook

This year I started writing a logbook to capture daily events, so far it’s been working well, it’s really easy for me to write daily events and other things and just do about a small page per day. I write down things like the food I ate, important events, meeting summaries, etc. Anything that I think I should record I add to this daily logbook.

Logbook: an official record of events during the voyage of a ship or aircraft

definition by Oxford Languages

The logbook is easy to maintain, I’m using this Moleskine 12 month daily planner, its small size makes it easy to carry. Also, the small size motivates me to write down on a page every day knowing that it will fill out quite quickly.

logbook image

This is not going to replace my journal or the planner I use for work, instead, it’s just an easy way to write down highlights of my day in a quickly and effortless manner. I have been doing this just for a week and it’s already paying off as writing down these specific daily events help me remember them better.

logbook image

I’ll report back and tell you how it’s going later after using the logbook for a few more months.