“In an era of unprecedented global interconnectedness and ridiculous overexposure to technology, a private life is the hallmark of ultimate luxury.”

-The Little Mermaid, MMXVII

Author: The Little Mermaid

My soul is an enthralling mystery, delicately concocted with some chaos and a little glee.

184 thoughts on “Globalisation”

  1. So true. Globalization and technology has somehow taken away the true essence of life. Only the person can set limits for herself/himself to mix or set a boundary with it.

    1. Indeed Soul Catcher! I don’t grasp the irresistible need for people to facebook every little shit going on in their life. You’re PMSing? Great! You’re going to have the time of your life and pop your cherry tonight? Awesome! You’ve checked in to twenty-one bars during the weekend? Bravo! But I’m like, “DO YOU HEAR THAT? IT’S THE SOUND OF NO ONE CARING!”

  2. So true.. and if you choose to be private you might be considered as a boring person who has nothing significant going on in life.

    1. People somehow equate a vibrant life on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat as ‘cool’ and a private life as uninteresting.
      That’s so juvenile!

    2. Privacy is a sign of maturity. It is the ability of an individual to choose with whom he is going to share information about himself. When you get right down to it, not everyone has to know everything about you!πŸ˜‰

  3. But in the old days, to seek out such wisdom, one would have had to pilgrimage to Tibet in the hope you’d be met by a dilemma…
    Dalai lama (damn predictable texture) but now, a simple follow of you and every once in a while… πŸ™‚

      1. Oh sorry Little Mermaid, but red, in this context, isn’t so bad. Bet than the red of rage you may experience when you stumble across my comment on another of your posts. It was the one about house guests, I agreed with your every word but invited myself over, just for the Summer, although I arrive Tuesday πŸ˜‰

          1. just on a ‘little’ (if I can use your venerable title) blogging break but I’ll be sure to head your way when I return πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. I tried that once, though not intentionally though. Must say, it was the most relaxing couple of days. I blogged about that, Living off the Grid if anyone is interested πŸ˜€

    1. I think it is very possible. Why should we give others reign over our private life and dictate what we share with them?! It does not make sense.

      I hope your Monday went well. See you X

      1. I meant more that we are numbered, with all our details regarding our financial, medical recorded and shared back and forth. Even the way we interact with each other seems to be mediated by movies, songs and the internet. I think our idea of a unique private life is grossly over exaggerated.

        1. Hi there, let’s agree to disagree over your last sentence. Perhaps my wiring is wrong, but a private life is the omphalos of our existence. I just cannot understand why anyone would feel so concerned about the private lives of others. Why the fuck is it their business about what others do in their private lives? A muslim wants to marry a christian, a 25-year-old man wants to marry a 50-year-old woman, ect and on the understanding that both adults are fully consenting adults and completely aware of what they are doing, what business is it of anyone to say that it is wrong, bla bla bla? Where do people get this extravagant presumptuousness and effontery to tell others what they can or can’t do in the privacy of their own lives, in their own bedrooms? Why are there so many peeping Toms? To say that ‘our idea of a unique private life is grossly over-exaggerated’ is to feed the insolence of people who try to cross their boundaries.

          Same as with all the prejudices about homosexuality and lesbianism. What business is it of others to tell individuals that their sexual leanings are wrong, or worse, sinful?

          I still maintain that in this digital age, we need not get carried away sharing our private matters with those who are not even remotely related and as a consequence, become everybody’s target.

  4. For those of us who believe that people actually do exist in real time, I love going off the Internet. It is so relaxing and easier to think clearly. An interesting thing happened to me on Thursday last. I had an appointment for 10:30 AM, so I planned my morning around that appointment. When I got to the place, I was told that the woman I had the appointment with wasn’t there, but she had messaged me on Facebook to tell me that an hour and a half before the meeting. Actually, I was in the shower then. I don’t use Facebook. Where is the etiquette? Do people actually believe that everyone is glued to Facebook all day long?

    1. Haha! That’s crazy. She could have given you a call. Well, facebook addiction is on the rise at an alarming rate. In fact, today in our society, we have more facebook addicts than drug addicts! Let’s not blame her. She just happens to be one of the lot.

  5. Moderation of technology connection isn’t bad. Its seeing so many who can’t move a finger without consulting it, and know NO other way of functioning, that is so disturbing today. I love your quote!! Hugs!!

      1. Hey U!! Biggest hugs U!! I’ve been doing well. I’m so happy winter is over. I’ve been writing, and trying to get back to making my vids too. Can’t wait til my NYC day too!! More hugs U!!

  6. Yes there is absolute necessity of maintaing a very peaceful and cosy private life. ..yet there are many positive sides to inter connectedness through technology. ..that defies boundaries and brings all of us closer. …..😊😊….ultimately it’s staying on together and making our lives much brighter and positive. .

  7. My people, in Nigeria, call something like this “essenco” (essential commodity). If Jesus, in those days of no modern day gadgets, will seek some lonely place to pray, dear Little Mermaid, a most deserved private life is nothing but an ESSENCO! You’ve hit the bull’s eye once again.

  8. @Graham LOL Beat me to it. Poverty can do it, but it still takes willpower.
    On the other hand, with people packed so close together many places, the internet may constitute the only private life some get.
    Probably a more interesting group to hang out with, too.

  9. Maybe that is why I have so much fun with my “I remember when” posts. Look for more and several different series. I do that as often as I can. I have books on Kindle and am editing a new one this weekend, and probably all next week. It is tentatively called “Immortal Enemies” and is a Sexy SciFi.

  10. Great insight! Finding brief moments of quiet (instead of checking electronic devices) and cultivating an interior solitude seems to help when the world around us runs at a frenetic pace.

  11. privacy of every single person is a choice of today, when common people wants nothing more than everyones friend in social media itself.

  12. Hello LM
    Tech will never know me in the realm of my most desired way. To know and be known will not negate a private life, unless a gossip is trusted. I really enjoy the way your thoughts provoke thought and reflection in me. Keep up the inspired work LM.

  13. Thank you. Having a private life in a world that is so open is very important. Some things should never change.

  14. Hi Little Mermaid,
    304 likes! Congratulations on building an engaged community! You liked the Hipnotico blog, so I came over to thank you and introduce myself.
    In response to what you wrote, you sound critical of social media. Don’t you believe bloggers need it to promote their articles?
    Thank you again for the β€œlike”.

    1. Hello Janice, thanks for stopping by. Aw! Trust me! That’s not just 304 likes. They are 304 people who have been touched, in one way or another, by this post. I’m most grateful to them all.

      Coming back to the argument, I’m not critical of social media at all. I’m a blogger in the first place and it would be duplicitous of me to turn a blind eye to the power of technology in bringing people together and making them feel like they belong to the same community. This post is particularly directed towards feeble minds who feel the need to tell the whole world what they had for lunch/dinner or what colour of lingerie they will be wearing today. We have so many of these kinds posting the most mundane of shits everywhere from twitter and facebook to instagram. It’s pathetic!

      I’m glad to know you Janice. Please keep in touch.

      Sending you love and best wishes! X

  15. Hey Little Mermaid,
    I couldn’t resist taking a small peek beneath the waves and lingering awhile to enjoy your Blog. My visit is response to your kind appreciation and support of comments made. Thank you
    A delightful name for your Gravatar and very much in keeping with the tenderness of your sentiment and the charm of your Blog. A pleasure to visit here, thank you. You have a distinct voice.
    Regards the post….it is poetic, pertinent, poignant and purposeful. I thoroughly agree with your statement, my only consideration being that we strive equally to share friendship, love, kindness and compassion for our fellow man from the hearth of our home and heart. In that way we all get to experience a little spiritual luxury both within and without.
    Take care.
    Namaste πŸ™‚

  16. I agree, if you can’t find it at home in your solitude, private space then it won’t appear like magic on social media. Social media is a tool to aid in your discoveries found within.

    Thanks for visiting my site, I really appreciant it…

  17. Don’t we all have several personas: the partner one, the worker, the club scene, the gym scene, etc. How you shuffle them is just associating the various iterations of β€œYou”, and pair them up with the venues.

  18. This is the best thing I have read today, glad to know and can say I am not insane.
    I took out the TV cable from my house. So we do have a TV but mainly as a decoration piece. Or for my daughter to show her some education related video on YouTube.
    People around us, ask this question, How do you guys live without it?
    We say we have so much to do, and we are scratching our head that we don’t have time or time is running.
    I have to share this wonderful thought at my end, I hope you don’t mind.

  19. This is true… Privacy is something that we choose to give away though. It also means we can know so many more people around the world! 😊

    1. Thank you. I refrain from personalizing my posts which I tag as ‘quotes’ just so they attract more readers who can connect on many levels. Hence, I leave them open.

      Have a good day! X

  20. After reading this post the plethora of positive responses indicate two things to me: 1) An overwhelming number of folks agree that a private season is both necessary and beneficial; and 2) legions of regular people desire the season you’re describing in your brief but powerful thoughts.

  21. We are closer together to people across the world, and further apart from the person sitting next to us than ever before. It is sad but I think we can more easily be ourselves to someone who isn’t looking at us every minute of the day.

    1. Rightly said! It’s a lot easier to open up with an unbiased individual miles apart from us than to be in the forefront and bare our soul under scrutinous eyes and judgemental minds that we call our ‘own’ folks.

      But then, lucky is that person who has someone to confide in over a glass of wine under the moonlight, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

        1. It is all a matter of trust. So many of us have been burned by the people close to us that we can confide in people far away because they won’t have a chance to stab us in the back with our secrets and fears.

    1. Didi!!! Hello my friend! Can I just say, I finished reading your comment only to realize that I had a big smile on my face? Thank you for this award. You’re very sweet.

      Hugs and kisses X

  22. True. On the other hand, globalization and technology have given each of us (and millions more) an incredible opportunity to share ideas, connect with others, make an impact. It all comes down to balance. Technology is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. The elusive search for the right balance – finding the fulcrum and shifting your weight – is worth the effort.

    Keep inspiring people!

    1. I do agree with you John.

      However, you know, I have noticed that as we move away from the real world and spend more and more of our life interacting with technology, we start processing reality divergently. In a world of computers and mobile phones, there is always a reboot or restart button, a copy-paste or a retrieve option, there is always a newer and better updated model coming out. We start living as if everything is replaceable and upgradable: a car, a pet, a relationship. We start taking everyone and everything for granted, the concept of losing a close one permanently becomes somewhat alien to us and the impact of a loss comes to us as an even deeper shock.

      As you have correctly pointed out, balance is key. While everyone can rock a boat, knowing in what direction to steer it is what makes all the difference.

      Thank you for reading and appreciating my post; and leaving a very meaningful comment. It’s appreciated.

      Have a nice day ahead!

      1. Fully agree. Another negative impact of technology that I have seen is that more and more people lose patience quickly in the real world. Online, we live in a “click away” world where we either get instant gratification or else we click on something else. Our capacity for reflection or thoughtful discourse is diminished. And when we go into the “real world” and are faced with long lines at the cashier or a traffic jam or a difficult problem at work, our ability to cope is reduced. In fact (and somewhat ironically) people in these situations tend to pull out the smartphone and thus reinforce the cycle.

        Thanks for your great work. I don’t come by often enough but when I do, I am always impressed. Cheers!

  23. Hey! Absolutely adore this quote. It’s so true. Also, your post about Christmas and the New Year was lovely. Look forward to reading more of your writing. It’s eloquent and forceful. Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

  24. This constants is for front door of every house and sticker on every monitor. Very good post greetings from Serbia.

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