About a year ago Doctor Strange hit the theaters. And one of the more funny scenes from the movie, which was also included in one of the trailers, is the bit with the WiFi password that Mordo gives do Stephen. When that trailer came out, a reviewer I sometimes follow on YouTube gave word to what I was thinking when he talked about the scene. He said something along the lines of “oh man, not even in the most secluded of places can one get away from the whole Hillary vs Trump discussions”.
A few days ago the movie aired on a movie channel and I rewatched it and this scene came on. This got me thinking about the idea in the title of this post. It is virtually (not literally) impossible to completely disconnect yourself from things you despise. Now as I’ve stated I freaking hate news and politics and as much as I unfollowed people on Facebook I still pick up on the latest sh*t going on because I don’t want to unfollow everyone. And while the number of political related posts I saw plummeted, it still isn’t 0, and probably will never be.
The same goes for any and all workplaces. No matter how much you want to avoid talking about certain topics, there is always that one person who HAS to bring up these subjects because it’s the most interesting thing one can think to talk about when one doesn’t have ANY hobbies or things he/she likes.
And it’s really annoying…like REALLY annoying. Someone always has to bring up shitty political subjects in a conversation even though most of the time people have no freaking clue what they’re talking about. And I don’t wanna hear that whole “ugh, well that’s why they get away with it, because you don’t care enough”. Constantly talking about these subjects is not going to accomplish anything. I’m not saying to not be informed, but shoving endless news articles down your throat and other’s throats will accomplish nothing. Wanna know why? Because by the time you actually have a chance to change something (you know, by voting) you and everyone around you will either be so burned out because of the constant ingestion of news or you’ll fall into the classical trap of “ugh, I won’t vote, everyone’s the same”.
Is complete disconnection even possible? I don’t know, the only solution I find to this conundrum is closing any and all social media accounts and working for yourself e.g. being self-employed. Basically, you need to get off the grid in order to be able to be completely disconnected.
In the end (*sad sigh sound*), all I really want from people is to tone these discussions down. Seriously, there are way more interesting things to discuss than this. I’m not saying you have to discuss philosophy or what not. Just…tone it down, look around you, live in the moment and close down all these subjects, at least for a few hours.