Selfie.

Side view of a blonde male person with blue eyes, stocky body and belly, topless and wearing a light blue shorts, butt crack almost showing, walks slowly as he holds and raises a gray cellphone on his left hand to take a photo of himself, lips sealed in a frown

For me a selfie is a term to be weary of. I belong to a spiritual tradition where the self and the Self are treated with a great deal of respect and constitute the major part of its pedagogy. It all started with my being gently led to a book by Paul Brunton called The Quest Of The Overself by a well wisher who did so when I told him that I was named after Ramana Maharshi. That book, one that I still go to for reference, was among the many influences that led me to Indian spirituality at a time when I was deeply embedded in a highly materialistic pursuit.

Nowadays I just have to go out of the house for an errand and I will see a few instances of people taking selfies. How I wish that they would spend the same amount of time on going after the ‘Self’?

And when I read stories like this one repeatedly in our newspapers of people losing their lives because they were so focussed on taking selfies that they lose their balance and fall to their deaths. And this is not a peculiarly Indian phenomenon as Wikipedia tells me.

Sometimes technology initiates problems unforeseen at the time of invention.

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12 Responses to Selfie.

  1. shackman says:

    I have taken exactly one selfie and it is my pic on Facebook. To me selfies are much ado over nothing. I have a Twitter account but never use it. Ilam about to bail on or severely restrict my use of Facebook.It is most definitey a generational thing. Social media and tweeting in general seem to cause more harm than good. My kids and grand kids love it. Of course they also follow the Kardashians so take that info for what it is worth

  2. Mike says:

    I have taken a very few selfies. However, the first ones I took were back in the 60s, with a film camera, of course. (I just changed my Facebook profile to use one of the oldest I have.)

    When visiting popular locations, selfies are a great annoyance as way too many want to have themselves in the scene of whatever location they are at. I can remember last year having to wait to get “ordinary,” non-selfie photos at Bryce Canon National Park.
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  3. tammy j says:

    i can’t decide if this obsession with selfies is a good thing or not!
    i know people need healthy self esteem.
    but it seems to me that all the posing and self love and admiration they all have for themselves constantly and in our face… is simply weird.
    i was taught that it was vanity and not attractive to always be staring at yourself in a mirror or … to translate to today’s world… taking constant pictures of yourself and spreading them everywhere!
    i’m trying to get used to this new mindset because i don’t see it changing anytime soon.
    another example to me of an entirely self serving ME-ORIENTED generation!
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    • Yes, our generation was taught that it was vanity to spend long time before mirrors. The present generation seems to think otherwise, no doubt thanks to the subliminal messages on beauty being thrown at them by the beauty industry and the media.

  4. Fortunately I don’t take good pictures (they look too much like me?), so I don’t take selfies. Think of all the time I’m saving. 😀
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    • What will you do with selfies? Unless you decide to come on facebook, twitter etc, you can’t do much unless you want to bombard us with selfies in your blog.

  5. I would rather take a picture of something interesting or some that illustrates what I’m portraying i.e. today the cube units with the material in them…and my cover picture at f/b my new shed 🙂

  6. Mother says:

    Well, Ramana, I don’t know how taking a selfie would have to interfere with care for the self. Unless one is solitary and contemplative in the entire day one could presumably find time for both.

    I love having my kids and grandkids take selfies. I enjoy being with them and knowing that they feel good enough about the occasion to mark it with a joyful photo. (It’s pretty hard not to be joyful when one is doing something so ridiculous!) I also love seeing those selfies posted on Facebook and Instagram. It gives me a window into their lives that I would probably not hear about without social media. Perhaps I am alone in this…but my kids and grandkids don’t always call me about some of these fun details of their lives that they experience miles away from my little world.

    I have one grandson who is so tall (with arms to match) that we call him our human selfie stick.

    But, as usual, to each his own.
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    • I have no objections to them taking selfies perse Mother. My concern is that they are causing many accidents resulting in loss of life and property. And taking too many I think is being overly self obsessed. But as you say, to each his own and I only hope that the selfie takers take good care of their own and the safety of others while engaging in this activity.

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