Many of us seek refuge from the internet in wild places, in gardens, or in the infinity of a compost heap. But since we can’t stop thinking about the internet, these sites become metaphors. Gardens and compost heaps require precisely the kind of mindful, quiet, productive tending that seems to be most lacking in our online lives. Their generative nature and quiet harmony seem to suggest new approaches for mindful internet use. I often return to my work from the garden filled with good intentions. I’ll plant some seeds here and there, I think, and wait to see what grows. These intentions are quickly swept away in the feed, which makes its own demands of me.

parker gibbons

Source: Daily Review | Readwise