Is the Web Stealing Our Old Souls?

Read about how the web is changing your aging process.

BY: Carol Orsborne


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An apocryphal story from the Hindu tradition illustrates the point. As the story goes, Alexander the Great was traveling through India when he saw an old saint sunning himself on the banks of the river.

“How wonderful that looks,” said Alexander. “I wish I could sit there beside you and enjoy the day.”

“Where are you going?” The saint asked.

“I’m going to fight one more battle and then I will return to join you.”

The saint paused a moment, and replied:

“If this is where you want to be in the end, why don’t you just skip the battle and join me now?” Alexander ignored the saint’s advice and never did make it back to enjoy the moment.

All this is not to say that the Internet doesn’t have value. I love the photos of my grandson, Skyping with my daughter, and catching up with all the news. I enjoy visiting websites like Beliefnet where I can be inspired and educated and I love running an online digest of my own. But I am vowing here and now not to give the first part of my day away to the world any more, becoming reactive to others and giving them power over my life. I don’t need to fight even one more battle. What I need is to start each day open to connecting with a perspective and oneness with what really matters. From now on, instead of heading straight to the computer, I will head directly to the river and at the very least, I will offer the first part of my day to something larger than myself that is neither digital nor wireless.

Paraphrasing Wendell Berry: “There, I will come into the peace of wild things…rest in the grace of the world, and be free.”

This article orginally appeared on the Huffington Post.

Carol Orsborn, Ph.D. is Founder of FierceWithAge, the Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration and Spirituality. Dr. Orsborn, who earned her doctorate in religion from Vanderbilt University, is the best-selling author of 21 books including her newest book: Fierce with Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn. (Spring 2013) Dr. Orsborn is a sought after speaker/retreat leader and spiritual director.

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