I thought I would snag that quote first. It is one of the first thing that came to mind when I looked at my newly flowing lifestream. Actually the real quote (by Heraclitus 540 BC – 480BC) is:
“You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.”
Except of course with a lifestream, you can, which makes me feel like we are going against nature. Tweets and Facebook status updates are, surely, ephemera. I feel like the process of lifestreaming is (possibly – after all I have only been doing it for one day) clinging to something that shouldn’t be clung to.
I should insert here that I am seriously into Eastern belief systems so, as far as I am concerned, living in the moment and letting go of the past is where it is at.
I don’t like stockpiling stuff, that is my husband’s department (both of them now I think about it – my first husband saved the cinema tickets from every film we went to see). Once I decided I didn’t want to be one of life’s hoarders I threw away a suitcase of letters (remember those? they were cool… came in envelopes with stamps and postmarks and everything). I had years’ worth of letters from friends, love letters from… well that is none of your business who from, plus every letter my dad sent me while I was at university. Even now dad is gone I don’t have a moment’s regret for letting them go. Although I don’t remember what was said those letter filled moments made me, they are me – I am, in pranic form, every letter that has ever been sent to me. I don’t need the little paper corpses shrouded in envelopes to tell me who I am.
So if letting go is good and clinging is bad, lifestreaming can’t possibly be healthy as an end in itself. So why do it?
Well, I am willing to keep an open mind, and I am sure we will all come up with a ton of reasons (other than to prove to our tutors that we aren’t just sitting around browsing Lolcats) and I admit I am really excited to be at the beginning of a new e-learning journey, as long as I am able to let it all go at the end of it.