Disrupting Disruption

September 16, 2014  |   Blog   |     |   3 Comments

I recently read an article called “The last true hermit”. It was about a guy who had spent 27 years living in pure solitude in the forests of Central Maine USA.

When doing nothing is the biggest disruption

When doing nothing is the biggest disruption

For 27 straight years he didn’t speak to a soul except for a single “hello” when once passing bushwalkers.

The article related that for all of those years, he’d spend his beautiful days simply experiencing and contemplating the world around…

As someone who lives and breathes the dynamic connectivity that comes with working in digital transformation, the story of this mans solitary existence stood in radical contrast to my own daily experience.

It made me think of all the ways we now connect with each other and how subtlety pervasive and convenient technology has become; I was amused to discover, after reviewing the apps on my mobile phone, that I have over 38 different channels to connect with people on a single device!

Where did THEY come from?!?!

Don’t get me wrong; I love the access our new world offers. I love that old monopolies and long held bastions of power are been turned upside down and redistributed along lines more reflective of merit. I love the potential we now have to tap into, harness and direct the brilliance that sits across all humanity… we truly are in an age of miracles.

Be it environmental, political, medical, or whatever your passion, now is the time to get amongst it and lead the charge in directions that are meaningful to us.

However… amongst all this change…. amongst all the hype that comes with breakthrough discoveries… the experience of the hermit reminds us that there is an elegant beauty that has been here throughout all history and remains untouched, beyond technology.

By @Wardsco

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3 Comments for this entry

    Pete A
    September 16th, 2014 on 11:08 AM

    You know, in a way the hermit was living a more “normal” life than most of us live now, seeing as how for most (more than 99%) of human history we have been living among the nature that gave birth to us.

      September 16th, 2014 on 11:11 AM

      I agree Pete! His world sounded much more sane

    September 21st, 2014 on 6:11 AM

    Thanks for sharing this. We are social beings and that may be one of the reasons why you have 38 apps on your device. Yet we must be aware as the maxim goes ‘we shape the tools but the tools end up shaping us’- it is the manner of connectivity that is changing the ‘normal’-we have always sort to chat,gossip and share experiences as a species.

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