Tuesday, May 12, 2015


We surely live in the strangest of times.  Via elaborate media tools we can be instantaneously in connection with others globally.  Email, phone, Instagram and (and do you recall....letters?) an assortment of other contact possibilities hover while offering choices galore.

One can hardly stay focused due to accepted/expected interruption due to our addiction to being in touch.  Currently I have about two dozen reminders pop up onto my screen.  They've been there so long that some of them have no meaning.  I just hate to delete them in case they turn out to be significant one day.

However, I am wondering if something significant is developing amidst this being in contact with everyone everywhere theme.  I believe that, simultaneously, these mechanisms used to reach the masses have also become tools of hiding.  Possible?

One can text without face-to-face interaction.  We can applaud or spout off.  On the surface these brilliant tools of connection may have created a convenient distance for some.  If communication is used to enhance relationships, touchdown.  If, however, these tools are treasured so that one can keep society at arm's length, detrimental.

This very crowded world of ours is jammed with very lonely individuals.  Crowded. Lonely.  Daily truth.  Jesus was a master at noticing those in his path who needed a healing word.  Don't lose this social need.  Yes, say it via a note here and there.  But do not allow these great inventions of electronic gadgetry to keep us a safe distance from needy individuals.

I so enjoy FB and text, etc.  It lets me interact with so many everyday.  I want it, love it, need it.

I am also saying that this process must not replace one-on-one personal interaction.  If we do not catch this, a generation(s) could develop incredible connecting skills around the world while hiding from the very personal friends and family who wish to be in meaningful relationship.

We would do well, I think, to regard with caution our obsession with the latest and greatest connection systems which, possibly, could inadvertently create a greater disconnect.

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