Quarantine Crossroads: Tip #12

How to Survive and Thrive in Times of Scarcity

This Coronavirus pandemic has hit us in ways we never imagined possible in today’s modern world, making us rethink what life is supposed to be all about. While countless suffer in heartbreaking ways, many of us would benefit by using this time to reevaluate our lives. For is it not life’s grand events that serve as the catalyst for major change?

I cannot think of a better time to reexamine our lives than this current quarantine predicament. Instead of worrying and feeling sorry for ourselves, what a great opportunity for reflection…and change. It seems we have all hit a crossroads in our life at the exact same time. What a wonderful launching point for some of the big life changes that we’ve known for years we need to make.

In that spirit, I share some of the most applicable Life Tips from my first book. I truly hope these tips will provoke you to change.

Life Tip #12: Living for Likes is not like living

So apparently, we are now living our lives for “viral” moments.

A couple of years ago, I saw a TV commercial promoting a popular bathroom scrubbing product. The parents in the commercial were spying on—actually recording—their kids making a huge mess in the bathroom. One parent whispered to the other, “This is totally going viral.” Then the narrator says, “Going viral? Get Scrubbing Bubbles!” The commercial ends as we hear one parent say “Honey, 20,000 views.”

Ugh. That stuff makes me weep for the state of humanity.

I suppose the message from the Scrubbing Bubbles folks is, when you live for creating viral moments on social media, let our product help you clean up the mess afterward. Yep, I guess this is the new way of keeping up with the Joneses…whose video will get more likes and views.

Another pathetic example was on YouTube a few years ago. As a tornado was approaching his house, some fool was inside his house filming the twister coming right at him, and behind the camera you can hear him praying the Our Father and Hail Mary. For some reason, he thought flaunting his faith publicly in such a dangerous setting would be a brilliant idea. Of course, some national news outlets helped make this guy famous for a hot minute. Something makes me think that this guy was more concerned with his own glory than God’s. Based on the amount of the backlash he received, however, rather than succeed at proving his faith in God (or whatever his goal was), he merely succeeded in looking like a fool.

There is no end to the social media attempts to create the appearance of natural, or spontaneous, moments, all in an attempt to see our videos or images go viral, giving us five seconds of internet fame.

Why do we do this, people? Are our real lives so boring that we have this urge to create fake excitement? Is it too much to ask that we simply live more exciting lives? Your Life Tip lies in the answers to these questions.

Never have lives less lived been more chronicled.

dennis miller

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