Kronosyphon is just a fancier way of saying “time suck.” Time sucks are things that, well, suck away your time and leave you with pretty much nothing to show for it. When you’re through, you’re just left thinking, Well, that’s a good half hour of my life I’ll never get back.
Television is probably the best example of a kronosyphon. It’s the black hole of good intentions. You only mean to watch a particular show, but then you just… keep… watching… Next thing you know, you wake up on the couch wondering where in the everlasting Technicolor blazes the last seven hours of your life just went!
Which is exactly what advertisers hope you’ll do. I think commercials are basically just mind pot. They keep you nice and sedated… and stoopid. Seriously, what’s with these commercials today? maybe it’s because I don’treally watch a lot of television, but is it possible that commercials are even more banal, more insulting, even more unrelated to their products than they were when I was a kid? Is it possible that commercials today have actually went downhill since “Where’s the Beef?” It’s like advertiser’s limbo: How low can you go? But we just keep watching hour after hour of television, even if we have little or no interest in what we’re actually watching, sedated by ad crack and mind pot that convinces us that we aren’t complete without our cravings and covetousness. Tater tots grow up to be couch potatoes. Cradle to the grave, we’re all eyes for the One Eyed Monster.
And we lose so much precious time this way.
The Internet is another huge kronosyphon. Whether you’re constantly surfing, updating your MySpace or FaceBook page, blogging, browsing eBay or Amazon or just randomly googling whatever suits your fancy, you may find that the passing urge to check your email or instant message someone somehow transmogrifies into the time suck from heck.
Kronosyphons, it turns out, aren’t monsters or dragons. They’re insipid imps. Nits. That’s why you don’t realize what kind of trouble you’re facing until you find yourself buried under a mass of nits that accumulated one nit at a time. And unless you want to become a nitwit, you must shake them off and get far away at once!
Which brings me to the shocking point of this post. God knows our human tendency to fall prey to kronosyphons. It’s why the Bible says to “redeem the time, for the days are evil.” We’re supposed to make the most of our time, not idle it away with pointless distraction of little or no consequence. Carpe diem! is a very, verrrry, VERRRY Christian concept. We ought to seize the day — and seize the very moments!
Unfortunately, I’ve come to the conclusion that blogging can be a bit of a time suck. It began innocently enough as an outlet for thoughts and ideas that were distracting me from writing my book. It was intended as a cerebral pressure relief valve, if you will. But now I’m so overwhelmed with answering comments and posting new blogs that I’ve little time for the book.
And I really feel the book is what I need to be doing right now.
So, for now, I bid you adieu. There will be no new posts to this site for the next few months, unless I absolutely feel I must [ and there are times where I simply MUST comment, you understand]. I must redeem the time. I must finish the work set before me.
But I will return.