What Would Happen If We All Stopped For One Week?
Silvia Killingsworth

Nothing will happen. I never understood why do people fantasize about ages which have barely gone away. I am only 35 and I lived without instant everything. You know, when you called a number and no one answered, and it was okay, my day could go on. You know like, when you had to walk miles to visit someone, who didn’t have a landline installed, and seeing them in person was the only way to ask “how are you!”.

But all that didn’t make the world a better place by itself. Life was as annoying as it is now. And the whole summer holiday fiasco was the same corporate trap. In fact, between what I’ve witnessed at my parent’s workplaces during the communist era is so close to what I witness at my friends’ workplaces now in the corporate era, that it drives me to more strongly believe this whole life thing is a simulation written by a totally bored programmer.

Nothing will happen if we stop, mostly because what actually happens is made by us, it doesn’t happen by itself. That being said, I believe people would simply focus back on the immediate: family, friends, colleagues, people which happen to be in close proximity. What do people do in such situations? They ask each other stuff. Why? Because they want to know everything!

Before the internet and mobile phones, people still loved to be made artificially angry. Stories were orally circulating like wildfire, stories about everything, from political rumors to conspiracy whispers, from affairs and other indiscretions to tragedies and events. And people were talking all the time, whenever they got the chance.

The world was never a more meditation driven or quiet prone place that it is now. It was always the same buzz, except the feed!

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