Life Secrets: Trump, Pokemon Go and Stealing Joy

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Life Secrets: Trump, Pokemon Go and Stealing Joy.

Like millions of others, I watched the Republican Convention speeches with curiosity. Head-scratching curiosity filled with questions: how did we get to this juncture in history? What the hell is going to happen next? Why this, why now?

Those questions about Trump are equally valid about Pokemon Go. When something goes so big, so viral, to the tune of 10 million downloads of a game within days, it gives pause. Like millions of others, I downloaded the app, headed outside to the garden to figure out what the fuss was about. Within seconds of creating a cute, superheroish/feminist warrior avatar, little zombies appeared on my screen. Were my neighbors’ kids across the street playing? I found it instantly creepy and invasive. What scared me more was realizing I’m in the minority. I won’t be playing Pokemon Go anytime soon and here’s why.

My thoughts turned to Government surveillance conspiracy? Why stop at the CIA or the U.S., the game has users globally. The reach of global data mining is staggering. Imagine giving up control of your phone and camera and nearly all app permissions according to TechCrunch. This is no less than control of a New World Order. My suspicions quickly confirmed legal rights are being revoked and worse.

Was I the only one thinking that Pokemon Go and Trump shared something in common? Late to the party again. Oh boy, this is getting  surreal

And this dear ones is how we get so distracted and zombified, we don’t know who to vote for, what is real and what really matters.

There is only one way to take back your power, your life and your true joy. The secret to life, happiness and everything worth knowing resides within. The secret is unstealable. It can’t be coerced, manipulated or diluted. No one can plunk down an AHA moment on a silver platter or a digital screen. The joy of a real AHA moment comes from experiencing it yourself, for real and not virtual.

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2 thoughts on “Life Secrets: Trump, Pokemon Go and Stealing Joy

  1. mistletoeandhitch says:

    Everything I write seems labored and heavy. So I’m going to try to simplify my feelings. Pokemon has been around for 20+ years. The Pokemon Go! app is no more harmful than any other app. Please pay attention while using the app and do not play Pokemon Go! or any game while driving.
    Donald Trump is using fear to get elected President. Anyone who manipulate people by playing on their fear of the different or the “other” is dangerous to the country and the world. He says he wants to make America great again. The word “again” implies the past. When in America’s past was it great for everyone? Women didn’t get the vote until 1920, the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. So when does Donald Trump was to go back to? We can’t allow fear to destroy us. A vote for Trump is a vote for fear.
    I think the hardest thing in the world to do is to trust. When we are ask to trust the future we are being ask to trust the unknown. The idea that there’s a strong man that can make everything come out all right is very seductive….and a lie. If we want a future that’s bright, happy and safe, we have to look to ourselves for it. Together people of goodwill can create the future we dream of. But we have to fight our own fear and listen to that inner voice that tells us what’s right. It won’t be easy but it will be better than living in the dark.

  2. boomermuse says:

    I beg to differ about Pokemon Go. Look at the TOS for Pokemon Go VS. other games. The original card game was harmless, the app is not but the onus is on the user to select settings.

    Fear-mongering is at the heart of all politics. It won’t be any different with Hilary. Yes, our day to day world is influenced by our thoughts, rippling out into the world with our action. We can choose fear or love.

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