The experts are now saying that many of us are addicted to social media. Ok, do they mean the 10% of people who post or the 90% who mostly observe what they think is happening or is important to others?
It seems that we are desperately searching for a genuine sense of community. But is social media really getting us closer together other than superficially? Do we really have more of a global community based on trust, respect, and integrity?
For example, I’ve been disturbed by the way in which some in our society try to control others through the use of semantics. It is obviously easy to change a concept from good to bad by simply giving it a different label: e.g., pro-life to anti-abortion, undocumented immigrants (our ancestors) to illegal aliens, etc. And in a recent example, people can also be divided, (and controlled), through messages: eg., “black lives matter” (of course), but in reality, “all lives matter.”
Political rhetoric abounds with the user mentality of whatever works whether it is true or not. (But when billionaires continue to legislate more money for the rich to the detriment of the poor and call it “family values,” I have to worry about our loss of common sense.)
I wonder, what would happen if most of us (including "90% of observers") could rise above the user relationship level and focus – in thought, word, and behavior – on all that is good, helpful, respectful, compassionate, and kind?
What if we gave up our ego pursuits of self-serving behavior and began to demonstrate real love? What if we no longer wasted time on judging others and instead concentrated on personal improvement goals?
Wouldn't that be some community!
And what if we opened our hearts and our minds to anything that was genuinely loving?
Have you ever found anything better?