On vacation I do not read the newspapers or view the internet. It is one of the joys of being on vacation and part of my digital detox [see ‘Digital detox with a deep vacation‘ on August 10th, 2016]. We usually take a large pile of books with us and this year was no exception – our shelf of books is shown in the photograph. One novel stood out in particular: ‘Drive your plow over the bones of the dead‘ by Olga Tokarczuk. One passage that resonanted with me was ‘Newspapers rely on keeping us in a constant state of anxiety, on diverting our emotions away from the things that really matter to us.’ Many of us suffer from a Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) but in practice most changes reported in the media that directly impact our lives happen so slowly that we miss very little by disconnecting for a few weeks and it releases us to think.
Olga Tokarczuk, Drive your bones over the bones of the dead, Fitzcarroldo Editions, 2022.