It takes a village…
not just to raise a child, but to exist…
to thrive as a human being.
Our techno-lifestyles have reduced our daily physical connections with others. I never have to see an actual teller at a bank, and half the time I deal with voice automation on the telephone. More and more of us live long distances from our parents and grandparents. The majority of the people I know would send an email before entertaining the idea of making a phone call.
But we have a deep, primal need to connect. Through the Internet and social media we are building our own cyber villages. We share photos of our lives, we share the music that touches us, and we make each other laugh with our stupid jokes.
Sure, there are the sparse wackadoodles who are not who they say they are online, but I think most of us are just trying to connect… whether we admit it or not. Almost all of us are using something as inhuman as a computer… to feed our humanity.
For me it’s blogging.
Personal blogs are becoming everyday reads for a large part of the population. They’re not news articles, they’re not magazines… they’re personal – they have heart. A journalist can give you the details, a blogger can make you cry… or pee your pants.
I am brave behind the keyboard. I’ve shared with you a miscarriage, depression, and an early lesson in compassion. And we’ve laughed together so hard… about idiot phone companies, scarring my kid at the OB’s office, and really bad bowel movements.
A blogger strokes the keyboard, reaches through the computer screen, and taps you on the shoulder. A personal blogger writes to make you feel, to make you laugh, to make you think. A blogger (a good one) feeds your humanity. And the best part of it all, the absolute best, is that you also feed mine. It may actually be a tipped scale in my favor.
When I’m honest in my writing, it makes me feel human. But when you, the readers respond… it makes me live.
The comments, the emails, the tweets from the other side of the globe… it’s a testament to the power of human connection. You people are my proof that at the core, we are all so much more alike than we think.
Whether you read or you write, blogs are the cyber campfire. The stories, the laughter, the debates, the bearing witness… it connects us across vast distances.
You are my village…
and I thank you.
I am amazed that I’ve reached so many of you.
I never expected so many of you would reach me.
Keep the embers of the cyber campfire burning…
because I don’t think I’ll ever quit.
PS- This is from my About page:
Pain shared is pain lessened.
Laughter shared is laughter multiplied.
Blog or perish.