Chapter 3 – Episode 1 | Oblivious

Chapter 3 – Episode 1 | Oblivious

 

The vast majority of the people on the planet walk around blissfully unaware of their surroundings. They neither know nor care what’s going on around them. You see them everywhere. Earbuds in place, looking down, transfixed by their mobile devices and disconnected from the world at large. Or they’re on Zoom looking as if they are interested in and doing anything else as long as it doesn’t have to do with the reality at hand. Relying on the transcendent anonymity of digital media to buffer them from what’s really relevant – people. I refer to this as being in the “White Zone.” There are three other zones and a fourth, where you never, ever want to be.

The White Zone is not an evil place. It’s just a place of total unawareness of your surroundings. It comes with a sense of peace and well-being. And by definition, that sense is totally bereft of the awareness of the reality that surrounds. If you’re actually in a “safe” place, being in the White Zone is totally acceptable. In fact, it can be downright healthy and restorative – healing. But, if you’re not actually in a safe place, the White Zone can be very dangerous on so many levels. Seriously dangerous. Simply because you’re not aware of the obvious.

Keep in mind that EVERYBODY is in the White Zone on a regular basis. Ya’ gotta’ sleep sometime… Just preferably not when you’re ambulatory and at least supposedly semi-conscious.  (Pre-caffeination notwithstanding.) When you are sleeping, you are blissfully unaware of your surroundings and must go through a transition when waking up. All of which leaves you out of the game. But you can’t ride the pine  forever. You gotta’ get up at some point and knock the hide off the ball.

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