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I’ve been through the desert

Moon Plains, Coober Pedy

Our recent holiday to Ayers Rock included a trip back along the Oodnadatta Track into part of the desert region of central Australia. It was a great experience, but after going offline for 3 days out in the desert I came back out of it a changed man. I don’t know what’s changed, but it feels profound, and I’m still trying to work it out. It’s been over a month since we returned from the desert and returned to normal life, and I just haven’t been motivated to write while I’m still processing.

“A horse with no name” by America

On the first part of the journey
I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings
The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz
And the sky with no clouds
The heat was hot and the ground was dry
But the air was full of sound

I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain
La, la, la …

One of the things that has occurred as a result of this change is that I’m less tolerant of the lies that are being shared by the media, and embraced by the people. It makes me so sad that people are so eager to embrace lies, and get outraged by the lies, turning them into their reality.

And I’m probably guilty of that myself, believing some of the lies being shared, and being outraged by them. I’ve realised as I’m writing this that I want to change that. I recognised that I was also being influenced by what’s being shared on Facebook by the crowds of outraged people seeking validation for their outrage. I’ve been joining in on that, and that’s been a mistake.

So I’ve uninstalled the Facebook app from my phone so that I don’t check it at random times during the days. I’m staying off Facebook until the weekend, just to clear my head from all the outrageous clutter that’s filling it up. I’ll spend more time on other things, appreciating life without the interruption of contacts sharing their meaningless outrage on social media.

Maybe it’ll be just what I need to clear my head and work out what’s really changed.


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