Reflection (c) 2013
The Bastardization of Us
First, I write this as an explorer and a learner, not as an authority in any field that I associate my work and my passions.
This is not to elicit sides, for I firmly stand my ground that opinions are not weapons.
Like many of you, I have long been doing “social media” even before it went “online”…a time when one could not hide behind the screen of anonymity…a time when a handshake and a hug was felt…truly felt by the warmth of it or unfelt by the rigidity of the action. A time when we could feel through touch first, reinforced by kind words and actions thereafter.
Yes, Social Media existed…it traveled between hearts of character without the speed of technology, but its target was always solid.
Much has changed. Speed of delivery has pushed and pushed, creating an “un-social” society drowning in the clamor of being heard, seen, touched and loved. And sadly, even friendships have turned into fierce competitions…all because we desire to garner the golden wheat (spotlight) from the festered chaff (Social Media)…alone.
I’ve observed and experienced certain notions lately that I am compelled to share respectfully. I hope that it may add to your own journeys of discovery and learning.
Observed Definition: People who constantly seek to be included in any and all social functions, events and gatherings, whether private or public…goes through great lengths to be the nucleus/center of said gathering…
“Don’t steal someone else’s thunder, be your own lightning” ~Henie Reisinger
“Don’t just seek the light at the end of the tunnel…be the light through it.” ~Henie Reisinger
Observed Definition: People who seek you out and stealthily demand you share your contacts with them, by proxy…
“The most valuable antique is an old friend” ~ Unknown
“It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” ~ John Leonard
Observed Definition: People who suddenly call all your mutual friends or jump into your social stream with their own hidden agendas of convincing you and others to be on their “side”…
“Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason.” ~ Unknown
“Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute” ~ Josh Billings
Observed Definition: People who are convinced that they are the nucleus of every conversation and action…if it’s good, it’s all about them; if it’s bad, it’s all about everyone else BUT them…
“A tiger doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.” ~ Unknown
“People don’t seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Again, I share this kindly and respectfully. Thank you for taking the time to read it.