I’m Back 🙂 Something awful just happened to me, one of the worst things that can happen to someone living in the 21st century. I lost my connection for a prolonged period of time, yet again.
No Internet Connection
During the cold and gloomy hours of December 27, 2011 I turned my modem on as I always do, only to find out that I have no internet connection. This lasted until January 4, 2012. That’s 9 days of serious mental distress and emotional anguish. To put it lightly, the experience was like that of an infant being separated from his mother. Being disconnected from the rest of the world raises some philosophical questions too; Do I really exist? I used to think that the phrase Cogito Ergo Sum would suffice as a reassurance, but no. My skeptic brain needed evidence that is more concrete.
There is a famous thought experiment that goes: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”. This question argues the existence of an object when there is no one aware of it. Granted that I am not merely an object, this still makes me feel the plight of that tree. Oh what joy it is, to once again be connected to the rest of the world.
I am here! I exist!
…or do I?