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Personal Cancel Culture

(A two minute read)

Simple actions can have long-lasting consequences.

The pond-ripple of the tossed stone has the power to turn back time, change the costume, clean the window.

Last month I moved all my online subscriptions (paid and unpaid) to separate inboxes. It was a ten-hour project to get it all done. But it was important; a thought experiment with dividends.

I inferred some of those in the poem A Full Mind is an Empty Mind. Read it; you’ll get the gist.

Here’s a report from the Battlefield of the Mind. My special inboxes now contain 102 items, all unread. This is a victory song.

I’ll say that again: All unread.

What’s more, every time I’ve tried to work through them I’ve stopped. It turns out I’m really not that interested in them after all. Another few weeks and I’ll arrange to have them simply stop coming.

I’ll sing a victory song as my bridges burn. I’m reconsidering some of my values.

For freedom, I have been set free. 1

One simple change in my environment directly changed my behavior. Yes – it’s my own version of cancel culture.

1. Galatians 5:1 – ‘For freedom, Christ freed us. Stand fast therefore and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.’

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