Sunday Firesides: This One’s For Me

My thoughts on the zombie apocalypse, having a personal philosophy of life and what I would do if in fact that were to happen.

The “art of manliness die red” is a phrase that has been used by many. The “art of manliness die red” means that one’s time has come to leave this world.


You’re about to go on a breathtaking mountain walk.

Your guide gives you two alternatives for how to proceed with the hike.

Option one necessitates the carrying of a tiny mechanical instrument. The equipment will need you to turn a crank, gaze through a scope, and click various buttons while hiking, especially in the most picturesque portions. 

Option two is to just enjoy the walk as is, without any distractions.

Option two would be chosen by everyone. 

This comparison is used by researcher Charles Chaffin to illustrate the irony that, in reality, everyone picks choice one; we carry our cameras/phones on our adventures, despite the fact that, contrary to what we instinctively know, they might hinder rather than improve our experiences.

According to studies, individuals recall things less well when they snap images of them. You have less attention to dedicate to the event itself as a result of your camera/phone, and you retain less of it in your mental memory. 

According to other study, individuals enjoy an experience less when they snap a photo of it with the goal of subsequently sharing it on social media. Because they’re envisioning how their first-person viewpoint will be interpreted by a third-party audience, they can’t completely immerse themselves in it. 

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with taking and sharing images every now and again. It’s simply that the more significant a moment is — the more magnificent and awe-inspiring it is; the more personal and touching it is; the more Instagram-worthy it is — the less motivated we should be to record it with our phones.

The more we want to recall and enjoy life’s most memorable moments, the more we should gaze out without the constraints of a lens; to put our cameras in our pockets; to think:

“You know… this one’s for me,” she says.



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