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Monday 23 September 2013

Louis CK on smartphones: VIDEO

Have you watched this yet?

I watched this a few days ago and have just watched it again. It's worth posting about. SO many life lessons. So many. Louis CK - you are BRILLIANT.


Of smartphones, he says: "I think these things are toxic, especially for kids. It's this thing. It's bad. They don't look at people when they talk to them. They don't build the empathy."

"Kids are mean and it's because they're trying it out. They look at a kid and they go, you're fat. Then they see the kid's face scrunch up and say 'ooh, that doesn't feel good'.

"But when they write they're 'fat', they go, 'hmm, that was fun'".

SO true. We are inadvertently enabling being mean!

CK also talked about what we all secretly know about smartphones: they make us lose the ability to just 'be'.

"The thing is you need build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That's what the phones are taking away," he said.

"Is the ability to just sit there like this," he said, sitting idly. "That's being a person, right?"

"You know, underneath everything in your life there's that thing, that emptiness - forever empty, you know what I'm talking about? The knowledge that it's all for nothing and you're alone, you know, down there.

"Sometimes when things clear away, you're in your car and you go, 'oh, no, here it comes that I'm alone'. Like it starts to visit on you, just this sadness.

"Life is tremendously sad just by being in it. And so you're driving and then you go, oh, that's why we text and drive.

"I look around and pretty much 100 per cent of people driving are texting. And they're killing - everybody's murdering each other with their cars.

"But people risk ruining their own and taking a life because they don't want to be alone for a second.

CK talks about reaching for his phone while driving to Bruce Springsteen music.

"So anyway, I started to get that sad feeling. I was reaching for the phone. (Then I went) you know what, don't. Just be sad.

"Just let the sadness stand in the way of it. And let it hit you like a truck.

"I let it come and Bruce - and I started to feel - oh, my God. And I pulled over and I just cried like a bitch.

"I cried so much and it was beautiful. It was like this beautiful - it was just this - sadness is poetic."

The man is brilliant, yes?

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