Trucks in India sport the words, Keep Safe Distance, gaily painted on their sides or back. It is a safety reminder to the driver that follows them.
It is also a reminder that sometimes distance is good, particularly when being close at hand brings no relief. Some things are better seen from a distance.
That’s the essence of Layogenic, a Tagalog word that describes something that looks good from afar but is a real mess when seen up close.
Social media brings some painful people into our lives, and none more so than Facebook. Time spent on Facebook, I have discovered, is detrimental to our well-being, unless you are good at keeping your wits about you, and constantly remind yourself that everything you see is Layogenic.
That the couple that spare no opportunity to express their love for each other online may actually be hurling pots and pans at each other.
That those who spout wisdom online may be pretty clueless about where their own lives are headed.
Can you think of anything Layogenic?
Another painful person that Facebook brought into our lives is the one who is addicted to Livslogga, literally life log in Swedish. In other words, Livslogga describes the habit of constantly taking pictures of one’s own life.
We all know them. They’ll show us pictures of themselves as soon as they are out of bed, then take us through their day, their meals, wardrobes, families, routines, everything. They are a stalker’s dream.
I know somebody who announced on Facebook that he was suffering from “loose motions.” He even included a picture of himself, sitting presumably on his throne, his forehead all creased, forcing himself into action. Fortunately, for our sanity, the picture showed him neck upwards.
I saw another picture of someone who clicked himself beaming next to the body of the dead person at a funeral. Not my Facebook friend. This was someone who was mentioned on a website to demonstrate the crassness that people sometimes display even in the presence of the dead.
Do you know anybody who is addicted to Livslogga?