So long facebook.

Dear Facebook,

I am writing you to let you know that we can no longer be friends. Maybe in the future that will change. Consider this a parting of ways.


To all my friends on facebook, 

If you need to get a hold of me, you can call me, email me, send me a letter via owl post/snail mail, or come visit me. If you don't know how to do any of the above, find someone who does, and if you can't do that, I suppose we're not really friends. 


My time away from facebook is not due to an addiction. It is more the idea that it isn't necessary to my life, and in an attempt to simplify my life, eliminating facebook seemed natural. I use facebook to keep in touch with people and in reality, I have plenty of other means of doing that. Ways in which I prefer. If you want me to know what's going on in your life, then tell me. If I want you to know what's going on in my life, I'll tell you, but not my hundreds of 'friends'.

I can't seem to get past the story of the Amish man. I don't want to be someone that is willing to sacrifice what's best for me and my family for some sort of artificial joy and busyness. I know that no one else will give up facebook as a result of my actions, and this is not an effort to guilt anyone into following suit. This is my choice. 

Thank you for listening.

Wisdom from the Amish

I recently watched a documentary on Amish living, and the thing I was so intrigued by was their wisdom about life. The story that struck me most was this: 

 There was a tour bus travelling through Amish country, and an Amish man got on.  When he got on he asked the crowd -- what's the difference between you and us? ... Well, he said, how many of you have television? All the hands went up. He said, how many of you, if you have a family, think you'd be better off without television? Practically all the hands went up. He said how many of you are going to go home and get rid of it? No hands went up. He said that's the difference between you and the Amish. Because we will do it. If it's bad for the family, we will not have it.

What are you willing to do for your family, for your friends, for yourself?