We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


There was a feature article on the front page of yesterday’s newspaper which talked about how Facebook and other social networks are robbing people of productivity and peace. People have become so intertwined with other people’s lives that it has become unhealthy. People need space and boundaries. When one’s life becomes too involved or too attached without real present physical contact (face to face) one’s reality becomes virtual as it robs a person of authentic relationships, holding them in a virtual vortex. There was a day when someone received a letter and you couldn’t wait to read it. Letters were at one time personal; and letters were sent because the other person meant something to them. I see two dangers: The first is that this daily exercise of “letter writing” is creating shallow relationships. The second that it is stirring up potentially dangerous emotions, I realize that most who read this won’t agree, but it may be worth discussing. And yes, I do realize that many use these virtual networks for good; for prayer, to stay in contact with family etc. But is it possible that our time spent in our virtual realities is robbing us of time spent face to face with the people we come in contact with daily, or should come in contact with? Maybe visiting a neighbor or a widow down the street might be something to consider.

Published in: on February 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

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