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My Phone, My Friend, My Love

Navigating the Illusion of Control

A young man suffered from a sudden ailment that rendered him unconscious for two days. Fortunately, on the third day, he started to wake up in his hospital bed, surrounded by his loved ones. As he opened his eyes after three days of silence, he uttered his first words: “Please let me have my phone, my friend, my love.”

In this age of amazing technology, our phones have become more than just tools. They have become friends, confidants, and gateways to a world that is always linked. We use them as extensions of ourselves, showing off our lives on social media while trying to feel important and in charge. But in this dance of digital freedom, we often get caught up in a strange web of loneliness and a growing fear of losing control.

The smartphone of today is an incredibly useful tool. It gives us access to information, lets us stay in touch with loved ones far away, and gives us the power to handle different parts of our lives. But the appeal of being in charge can lead us wrongly and give us a false sense of importance. As we shape our online personas, we use ‘likes’, ‘comments’, and ‘followers’ to decide how important we are, mistaking virtual validation for real importance. Our phones used to just be tools, but now they give us a sense of self-worth and make us think we’re in charge of the story.

But underneath the shiny surface of online validation is a deeper truth: the more we hold on to the illusion of power, the lonelier and more anxious we become. Constantly comparing one’s life to how others have “made it” in theirs can make one feel insecure and fear losing out. Even though the virtual world seems so vast, it can trap us in echo chambers that keep us from hearing different points of view and making real connections with other people. In a harsh twist, we may even lose control of our mental well-being when we try to get a handle on our digital lives.

We miss out on an important part of life when we try to be in charge instead of learning to accept our limitations. Authentic spirituality and maturity come when we understand that the world is vast and has many different parts that we can’t control. The rain falls when it wants to fall, irrespective of how you feel about it. The sun sets in alignment with its natural course, indifferent to our thoughts and feelings. We lack the capacity to dictate other people’s opinions or words about us, just as, even though, by our choices, we can ensure that we build our lives wisely, we cannot dictate the course of life itself. As individuals, we may experience illness, weariness, and moments of self-doubt. Friends may betray us, and we may not always have the will to fight back.

We must relinquish the notion that we are in charge so as to understand our human limitations. It requires us to recognize that vulnerability is not a sign of weakness but rather a characteristic of humanity. When we embrace our limitations, we can gain a deeper understanding of how we are all connected to one another and the rest of the world. We recognize that no matter how wonderful our phones are, they cannot replace the authenticity of face-to-face communication or the tranquility of being alone, away from digital bombardment.

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In the end, the pathway to real freedom is to find a balance between using technology to our advantage and avoiding its problems. It’s a journey that takes a change in perspective: from trying to control everything to accepting uncertainty, from looking for validation online to finding satisfaction in ourselves and genuine relationships. This change shows how strong and mature we are as individuals.

In a world that values being connected all the time, it takes courage to step back, unplug, and find comfort in the things we can’t do. Spiritual growth isn’t helped by internet ‘likes’ and ‘comments’, but by how well we know ourselves and how willing we are to admit that control is often an illusion.

As we embark on this journey, we may find that the truest sense of freedom comes not from being in control of our surroundings but from embracing our weaknesses and finding connections in the midst of uncertainty.

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