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Can't hack your way into authenticity.

Arifah Rahaman-Aronson

I couldn't put into words what was bothering me about this new wave of "hacking" our way into better. For me it's been trudging through mud, with my Buddhist monk sitting on the clean bank laughing at me saying "keep going the path is there". All I want to do is throw mud on his orange robes. For me it's been hard work to self, not to mention the incredible amount of hours I dedicate to writing. I don't know how anyone can 'hack' their way into authenticity.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    You bring up a great point. "Hack" implies immediacy and perhaps we need to look at our choices as conscious deliberate steps. I'm going to stop tagging things on that have to do with lifestyle as "life hacking": What do you recommend as a tag instead? Living well?

    "Moreover, the explosion of hack culture seems to inherently disrespect the paramount value of the journey — the true value in any experience — by supplanting it with an expedited rush to access to a result. And result is empty without grappling with the resistance that inevitably defines the battle."

    • Arifah Rahaman-Aronson

      I was contemplative for the tags for this as well and did use "hacking". I think these may be some alternatives: conscious living, living well, purposeful living/life, awareness, self-awareness.

      Society has an attachment for escaping. I used to be a participant in this. I think that's why "hacking" has taken off. I do think it may have had an intention of learning what's "good" from an idea and emulating those parts. I do think it's changed course. Now the implications are shallow.

      It's that saying if you're a writer then write. Nothing can take away the experience. Frankly writing is some of the hardest work I've done. I think those certain emotions that involve suffering have been tagged as 'bad' through society and even some readings. In actuality, we need to experience opposites to understand how to break past our limited perceptions. I think this is a fascinating conversation....

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try "living well" and "conscious living" to see what picks up, since living well and doing good are parts of our mission. You've made an impact on, Arifah. Great point about how society has an attachment to escaping, by the way. Do you think that's bec of the temporal nature of the internet?

        • Arifah Rahaman-Aronson

          I think the internet has magnified a situation that already existed. I mean drugs were rampant during the 60s, the word 'detachment' very active during the 80s - 90s (I don't think many really understand what this word means and how it's to be expressed), 'indifference' even became a cool word. Escaping has been occurring for some time.

          Unfortunately, the internet feeds that empty addiction. I've found myself on Facebook way too many times. Just last week I limited my access to everything even (sorry). I think we have to withdraw from the external stimulation and go inward.

            • Arifah Rahaman-Aronson

              I'm definitely open to chatting on Google Hangouts. I think being connected helps us through the disconnect technology can create. I like this article. And I've been doing Shabbats (and didn't know it) for several months now.

              • Alessandra Rizzotti

                Great! I'll talk about it with our team. Thanks for the feedback. Shabbats are good for the soul. I thought it was boring when I was younger- and now I absolutely need it.

                • Arifah Rahaman-Aronson

                  Great! I enjoy good conversation can you tell? :)
                  I couldn't agree more.