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Is Conscious Community Possible in An Age of Instagram?

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This week, I’m honored to welcome the thoughtful and introspective writer, Holly Rose on The Peahen. Holly tells beautiful circular stories about objects on Leotie Lovely so we, as conscious consumers, can connect with and love what we buy on a deeper level.

In this piece, she gives us hope that real (yes, human!) connection and meaningful stories still exist. While we’re tempted more and more today to mirror the world around and give in to social media pressures, Holly posits that by copying less and creating slower we’ll serve ourselves, and the world around us, better.

Here she is with some simple suggestions for consumers, brands, and writers so we can each contribute to conscious community in our respective fields.

I had a conversation recently with a friend about ‘noise’ on the internet and our disillusion with the world of social media, where meaningless captions, emojis and ‘follow/like’ bots rule; creating a hollowness filled with clatter rather than community.

It seems the whole world, bloggers and brands especially, have developed a need to be ‘seen’ without really having much to say. Many posting content for the sole sake of having content (myself included) in the endless race to increase reign over invisible, and in many cases, avatar filled kingdoms.

The pressure to look ‘successful’ online is real, yet the effect of that pressure, caused by lack of vulnerability is altering the state of the world, disabling people from thinking independentlydamaging self-esteem and encouraging separation rather than unity.

This conscious community I’m a part of is meant to raise and rise the woke, yet we haven’t collectively found a way to be truly unique. The industry has become competitive rather than collaborative, mimicking the triangular shape of all that we work against rather than reshaping sharp edges to something more circular. Killing the climb and releasing the wave of unity forward.

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Holly Rose of Leotie Lovely taking a moment of reflection.

CASTING CONSCIOUS BALLOTS 

The way I see it, from my admittedly judgmental point of view, the changes needed must rise from the community who will lead it and that itself will have to be a collaborative effort with an open exchange of ideas and progressive action of the collective group. Right now, social media perpetuates careless consumption, even consciously created products must find a way to promote and sell so they might create a sustainable foundation for the industry itself to naturally regenerate from. But in order for consumption to change, we need to change the way we’re communicating about it.

On Instagram there are 80 million photos posted daily – just to put that in perspective, and outline the influence, that’s about 4x the amount of votes cast in the most recent U.S election. Instagram has a huge influence over society, western and beyond, and if the lifestyle being most promoted and responded to is the one that’s causing so much harm then it’s the way we work the system that has to change before the system gets shook up.

2 Comments

  1. Shelbi | Urban Girl’s Closet says:

    Great post, I love Holly’s writing style!

    1. Kasi says:

      Thanks, Shelbi. I think it’s pretty great too!

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