Ichi-go, Ichi-e

“[…] But if thou thyself hast a will to listen, let them bind thee in the swift ship hand and foot upright in the step of the mast, and let the ropes be made fast at the ends to the mast itself, that with delight thou mayest listen to the voice of the two Sirens. And if thou shalt implore and bid thy comrades to loose thee, then let them bind thee with yet more bonds.”

Circe to Odysseus, from The Odyssey, Book 12 

I recently passed through another gate of purging social media accounts, including some well-aged accounts on Twitter. If I were to ask myself why, the reasons would be twofold. 

  1. The business model of commercial social media is net-detrimental to society’s overall well-being.
  2. Once you are see the first point, how do you justify continuing?

I once sat with a zen group.  The people, each there for his or her own reasons, were as ordinary or as broken as those in any other collection. The net dynamic, however, felt far from beneficial — or at least misaligned with the preached mission. In the end, I didn’t stay. 

Then again, I didn’t leave either.

So, the social media accounts: Suppose I never asked myself that question, “why?” What then? Are the accounts not still deleted? I assure you they still exist and are as real as the zen group and its members. I can sit on the patio and post the question; and I can ask each of the fire pit, the flowers, the crows and the hawk, and find truth or fault in all of the responses. 

 If you know your mind is visible everywhere, then what is the value in continuing to stare?

Strap yourself to the mast or don’t ~ it’s up to you ~ but ichi-go, ichi-e either way, with whatever rule you bind yourself or with whatever question you hold.

By Joe

Puzzle Wrestler & Mountain Herder. Math & Computer Nerd since the 80s. Longtime linux (current debian, ubuntu, raspian, centos, gentoo), currently fighting feebsd. Over-complicates networks for fun, occasionally secures them for profit. Develops own tools & services (cli, web services, and lately some android). Degrees in Math, Belts in Aikido. Zen, Motorcycle, Ham Radio, Homebrew (Ale, not Radio), Coffee & Tea, some Mandolin & Fiddle, MDA Advocacy (son with Duchenne), …


  1. It had been my custom to give up Facebook for Lent every year. This year, I gave it up altogether.

    I feel like I’ve just left a noisy room.

  2. No quieter place to hang out instead than in this blog, Rick. First post in a year? :-p

    If you asked me two or three weeks ago why I was off Twitter, I probably would have gone with Lent.. or If I was was intending to get rid of it, Lent would have been an opportune time. There's always something on the shelves here to explain whatever it is I'm doing or intend to do.

    As for Facebook? If it wasn't in the news all the time, I might have forgotten about it by now. I thought I lost a lot of friends when I quit and we lost touch. On review, I didn't lose any ~ just FB acquaintances 🙂

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