The Zen of Twitter

Be master of mind rather than being mastered by mind

The Adversary

Freedom of thought is something that I hold dear. It is crucial for society to function and progress. I created my Twitter account just days before Elon Musk’s takeover. Things changed considerably since —and for the better. The platform went from being an arbitrarily censored echo-chamber to one with greater transparency. Freedom of thought was revived.

Zen: a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort. Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Battle

So here I was on Twitter, pitted against the algorithm. Every action I did, only led me deeper into the arms of the recommendation algorithm.


“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” — Rumi

The Acceptance

To have a vanilla Twitter experience, I had two options. One was to periodically reset my account, which was impractical. The other was to engage less. I could still view content but just engage (like/reply etc) less.

“Zen teaches nothing. It merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach. It points.” — Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki



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