The freedom of simplicity is really a treasure. Living life without the frantic fracturedness of appeasing multiple masters and placating a plethora of expectations is really something special, sacred.
And now it’s all gone.
This morning, the Internet connection at our new home was finally activated. Since then, the entire day has been devoted to straightening out life as a result of this “convenience.”
Two hours on the phone with customer service to get them to undo the damage they did to my landlord’s phone line when they installed mine.
30 minutes to get all of the various devices in our house online with the new wireless connection.
Two attempts at getting the wireless printer to work.
More than an hour of wrestling with our Skype phone to get it to function properly (still not resolved).
Yesterday, life was simple, even if it was slightly inconvenient to barge in on my friends after 8pm last night so that I could send some emails and post some blog entries.
I don’t think that the Internet is inherently evil. Sure, there are plenty of wicked things to peruse, but worse than those (perhaps) is that the Internet seems to inherently oppose a life of simplicity. With the flick of a switch, the phone engineer suddenly admitted this nearly all-consuming serpent into every corner of my home.
Today has exhausted me. Tomorrow will bring untold challenges to maintain simplicity, to let go of the drive to make everything work properly, to resist the urge to check email continuously….
For the first time in my life, I find myself considering: if my job didn’t require that I have Internet access, I think I would rather happily do without it.