About Highway 97 Journal
We are living in a unique time that contains within it much opportunity for positive change.
Our challenges include managing our attention spans. Due to the fact that we are relatively young in our overall experience with computer technology, we need to figure out how to balance our lives. The very technology that serves us also tends to enslave us and can easily rob us of time and real face-to-face connections with human beings and nature.
It is the face of nature that continues to shape us just as we, indeed, will shape nature, for better or worse.
Changing our Attitude From
Self-Concern To Global Concern,
Affects the Whole System
Positively And Ensures
Dr. Michael Laitman
To address the topic of our attention spans in relation to technology, we need to become time management specialists and for that, we need to look at our personal needs and desires and create individual routines that work for our families and ourselves. It sounds easy enough, but when considering a number of people, each with their own unique needs— how time is managed for one person, might not work for the other person in the admixture of human relations.
The question becomes: How do we create a sense of continuity within a group and at the same time create flexibility? On the one hand we've got the firm line of time management and on the other hand we've got the flexible line of time management as it relates to others due to the fact that others' needs must be placed before our own because awakening to this truth is to recognize that we are all in the same boat together and if we don't look after one another, as One Man with One Heart, then we will be drilling a hole in the boat and we will collectively sink.
Managing where we place our attention and for how long is an important first step in creating the balance in life that is a common need for all of us. So, throwing in the wrench of computing technology can create a bit of a monster, sweeping us away rather quickly and stealing away the hours.
There is this thing I'll call Internet Candy. You get one taste of it and you can't stop eating. Whether it's a game or research or just surfing on the Net, the effect of the virtual candy is very addictive and it creates "rabbit holes"— winding tunnels that run according to some twilight zone type rules that are very different than the world outside of the devices themselves. It's a clever place of non-place that we can find ourselves, only to emerge hours later and if we're not careful, behind schedule.
People get "click baited" or maybe they fall into Facebook Land. Anyone who has had this experience knows how time consuming these activities are. It's hard enough for adults to manage it. I can imagine what this kind of screen time does to our children.
During this "shift" that we are experiencing in 2020, the information overload can be exciting and challenging at the same time. Learning to "unplug" is important as well as learning how to "drive" our Internet experience and not let "it" drive us.
Because of this, we wanted to create a local space for people specifically in our area to connect and share. The Internet can be a huge vortex where we get swallowed whole, but if we utilize it in a safe way, we can be responsible individuals for our families, our communities and our greater world. People who live in an area are the ones who can best understand the particular problems of that place. Specifically, we want to provide a local platform for exchange and unity that relates to our needs.
Many isolated northern communities experience problems that need to be addressed and although we are blessed to live in a beautiful forested area, it doesn't exempt us from the concerns of the greater world. Whether that world is down the street, down the highway or across the ocean, we truly are connected and need to work together for the greater good of all.
One of the ways we can do this is by managing our focus. I mentioned how the Internet can easily lead us off course if we're not careful. Sometimes it can give a kind of sensation that time has shifted, as if, sometimes it's moving exceedingly quickly or slowly depending upon that focus.
I've heard it said, that getting out in nature gives a "soft focus". It's a good thing to walk in nature, to focus our eyes into the distance, to be exposed to natural light, to the wind, the fresh air. Our collective consciousness will benefit from the very simplest things that are often taken for granted.
Our Goal for Highway 97 Journal.
To encourage a soft focus. We want to walk softly on The Earth and encourage you to join us.
Feel free to contact us if you would like to join us in this endeavour.