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My first blog post, and why no one will read it.

Posted in Silicon Valley, we have a problem with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2013 by oneagainstdumb

So this is my first blog post. I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about, but WordPress suggested that I introduce myself and explain why I started a blog in the first place. I’ll skip the detailed introduction for now because let’s be honest. Who really cares who the hell I am? I’m simply another blogger amongst the millions already out there, but I am hoping to one day change that. So is it that I want to be famous? Not really. Am I just a loser with too much time on his hands? An argument could be made. Do I want to connect with people who think and share similar values as me? I would say so. But really, this blog is the result of the world I live in and the stupidity I see.

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I came up with this title while eating at an In-n-out one day. Just like the organization “One,” which unites people to fight extreme poverty, I see myself uniting people to fight stupidity, and there is a lot of it going around.

Of course, most of this stupidity is happening right here on the internet, which brings me to the reason no one will read this post. After being on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, I realize now how much the cacophony of shit is drowning out clear voices and adding turds to the pile. Everyone is so intent on posting their thoughts and experiences, many seem to have forgotten that to have meaningful ones, time is needed to reflect on them. Instead, we consume as much information as possible regardless of its relevance or importance, or we post as much information as possible regardless of its relevance or importance (I really don’t care what you had for lunch today). The more distractions we give ourselves, the less we use the analytical and creative parts of our brains. And when it comes to things we don’t use, like a muscle, it grows weaker.

I believe setting aside some time to allow oneself to think is vital for the development of the mind and body. You don’t need to sit on a Yoga mat with your legs crossed and palms facing the ceiling. However, finding a quiet place where you can seclude yourself, close your eyes, and just block out the noise of the world would be ideal. Think about an engaging film, and why it captured your attention. Think about a person you passed on the street and what living his or her life would be like. Whatever you decide on, just make sure it requires your creative or reasoning abilities. Day dreaming about having sex with Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie doesn’t count.

None of what I am saying is exactly new. However, I do believe it is worth repeating. We need reminders often times. Personally, I enjoy reading and writing articles that remind me I am not the lone sane person in an insane asylum.

Do I use Facebook and Youtube? Yes, and now I am using WordPress as well. I will continue to add content to all three, and I do believe there is value in these websites. Not to pander, but I have found WordPress blogs to be much more interesting than most of the stuff I have read on facebook or watched on Youtube. We just need to moderate ourselves.

Will anybody read this post? Probably not… or not yet. There is so much material being added everyday, it is very difficult to stand out. As I continue my blog, I do hope people will read it and maybe come back to this first post. One thing I will promise to any potential readers is to not waste their time with the mundane trivialities in my life. Whatever I post, whether it be text or video, you can be certain that a lot of thought and effort went into it.

Thanks,

Ralph Wong