LIVE FREE OR DIE
- Feb 28, 2023
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I am of the opinion that humans are not meant to be connected to each other 24/7 365, which is the lifestyle that owning a mobile phone puts you into. I agree, if you have good self control then there is nearly no difference between owning a smartphone and a dumbphone (assuming both options are free/libre), however I would argue owning either is still bad becauseI think I mentioned this in the dumbphone thread but I had a dumbphone until 2022 where I eventually got an android due to 4G slowly being eliminated in my area and I was about to go on a business trip alone and I wanted a better map system than my current one (memorizing directions lol). From my experience if a company wants you to use an app for something, they are not going to cater to you they will just look at you weird and then ignore you bc you are not worth the time to them. There are pros and cons to both smartphones and dumb phones, especially if you have self control with your smartphone.
1. Cell towers can always triangulate your position
2. Like I said above, humans are not meant to be constantly talking with friends and family. I understand maybe during work hours, but if you're on your own walking or going to a concert or shopping, you don't need to be constantly available to literally everyone you know. It's ok to have some time to yourself and just think about things in your head while going about your day.
And just to clarify, yes I do have a mobile phone still, so I understand that it's a necessary evil that a lot of people deal with, and there's nothing to be ashamed of there. I am more just trying to make it clear that the end goal in technocratic resistance (and just being spiritually healthy) is to only have a landline. As long as you're working towards that goal, then owning a mobile phone for the time being is understandable.
And about your GPS issue, I totally get it, I've gotten completely lost before and having a smartphone literally saved me from being stranded, but consider the alternative solution of just getting a dedicated GPS machine for your car. A big draw to phones is that they're the swiss army knife of functionality. Need a calculator? Use your phone. Need a camera? Use your phone. Need to check the time? You get the point. I don't like the idea of needing to rely on a device that tracks my location and interactions for basic daily tasks. So I suggest that you and anyone else reading this consider getting standalone products for each of these needs, that way you only use your phone when you absolutely need to. I've started doing this, and let me tell you, having the tools be separate is actually more convenient than I expected. For one, they are always higher quality because they are optimized for their purpose. For example, I got a pair of flashlights for working on electronics, and I never realized how garbage the iPhone flashlight was until I used a standalone flashlight for the first time in a while. Same with calculators, I dug up my graphing calculator from highschool and it was easier to use and had far more features that my smartphone's calculator. Now granted, the iphone calculator is only scientific, not graphic, but even a basic scientific standalone calculator would be far better than the garbage default one that comes on iphones. Also, a minor point but worth mentioning, standalone tools are quicker to use. Instead of digging my phone out of my pocket, turning it on and enabling the flashlight, I can just grab my flashlight off of my desk and use it immediately. Same with wearing a watch, just look at your wrist vs getting out your phone and turning it on. Again, this sounds small, but for a device that seems to be the most convenient thing ever, it can be outclassed pretty easily by simple, single functionality tools.
I kinda rambled there but TLDR getting standalone tools like a GPS or flashlight will get you off your phone more and are also probably better than what you'd be using on the phone anyway.
This is amazing, exactly the kind of thing that is both great for your soul and removes yourself from technocratic society. Good luck to you and your wife, I'd love to hear any updates in the future if you're willing to share.Recently though, this group is planning on making a sort of 2.0 version of this where the LLC will buy a much bigger plot of land which people in the community can then buy lots of and build houses on. The plan is for it to be a village format with a focus on farming and animal husbandry and just general community.
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