Social Media (or Facebook.)

by mydogisabuddhist

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death–ourselves.

-Eda LeShan

Remember those days, where “DogBook” or “CatBook” became popular? Yes, that actually happened.

Facebook users frantically had to share their beloved pets to the social media world, but did our pets really care? Most likely not. Facebook, like television, is a cultural tool to project ideas–and remove them–so as to homogenize the world. Why, you might ask? Well, my friend, television–and Facebook–survive with the generous ‘donations’ that advertising companies ‘give them’… In other words, to make a profit.

There are countless articles out there that are dissing social media for its superficial intellectual pull that leaves its members wanting more of what is hardly satisfying: being ‘heard’. That little red notification button and the constant homepage updates is probably the culprit. We crave this because it makes us feel and think that we’re not alone, and that someone is listening–even though, this may not be true. Does activism on Facebook always work? Does every ‘like’ truly mean that the ‘liker’ ‘liked’ your comment, post, etc.? Some would argue both sides of the pendulum. Both are probably right to some extent. Regardless, Facebook (and other social media sites for that matter) is highly addicting and may in fact be sucking up most of our time: our most precious gift.

Humans do not live for long. We can live as long as a turtle, basically. Dogs, even less so. Seven to fifteen years goes by so quickly that one cannot waste any of his extremely valuable time. We see this in dogs. Most, like mine, truly live in the present. Even if they could understand Facebook, I doubt they would waste the moment by letting the whole world know that they hate/love cats, tagging Fido at “corner of light post on high street” for a peeing competition, or stating that they are in a relationship with the neighbor dog. Instead, they would actually be doing these things rather than spending that time and energy letting the whole world know that they are going to do it. Plus, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have 500, 700, or, 1,000 friends… or would they?

Food for thought: Why are you on Facebook? How much time do you spend on it a day, a week, a year? Is your time on Facebook productive? Is it worth an hour (or more) of your highly valuable time? If you weren’t on Facebook–or the Internet for that matter–what would you be doing?

My dog, at the moment, sits by me staring at nothing, it seems. I can’t help but wonder what he’s thinking about. Is he meditating perhaps? If so, what is he meditating about? Nothing, his stuffed toy, the music that’s playing, smells, food, that peeing competition, or colors? Or is his thoughts simply empty? Either way, he’s not on Facebook–nor is he anxiously fidgeting because he’s not currently holding a piece of technology with all the information known to humanity. He simply is. I swear, my dog is a Buddhist.


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