I have relocated from another wonderful website that I just did not think was appropriate for this blog! Here is my original post with my reasons behind my blog!
A little over a month ago I had never heard of Allegory of the Cave, by Plato. It is taken from the larger work entitled The Republic. This should shame me as I am an honors student, but I digress. At first it annoyed me and so did the truth I was being told. At first I did not care for the substance of what my professor was giving us, and then it hit me like a frying pan over the head. I toyed with the idea of changing my ways, but I just embraced the lesson of the cave this week. If you have not read the allegory, I recommend you do. If you don’t get the importance of it, well you better read it again. As my professor has taught me: 36 times MIGHT be enough…maybe (probably not).
A little over a month ago I wouldn’t have dared to do what I did yesterday. Oh, yesterday will live in the history books because I totally broke a social agreement. The agreement, it seems, was to dwell among my friends on a “wall” and post my every thought, action and maybe even such things as what cereal I ate for breakfast. Now don’t get me wrong, I see the value in social-networking, like keeping in touch with long distance friends & family, but I see something else as well. Actually it is what I see and don’t see that bothers me.
What I see: people walking through the hallways, on buses, in classrooms, offices, malls (do I need to go on?) with their face down staring at their phones.
What I don’t see: casual conversation, a passing smile as you walk by people, respect in the classroom, busy people in offices….you get the point.
See, I have this constant reminder on my living room wall that says “Be the Change you wish to see in this World.” (Gandhi) Isn’t that a nice quote? I know it is. But what good is the quote if I don’t live by it? What kind of hypocrite am I??? See, for me that social network we all love became a habit for me. A bad habit. A way of life. An addiction.
I was spending more time on Facebook than I was doing other things like spending time with my amazing children and husband, cleaning, cooking, exercising, taking pictures (which I love to do), praying, putting my feet in the sand and taking in the ocean breeze, doing my homework, paying my bills. I could go on, but I think I have humbled myself enough at this point. My problem is, I know I am not the only person like this. Also, I know that people are joining in at younger ages. That in itself is dangerous.
What ever happened to talking to people face to face? Are we that busy that we can’t stop and enjoy the company of another person? Is there anything that pressing that it can’t wait until class is over? How sad is it that couples seldom (if ever) write love letters on actual paper? How annoying is it that people run their drama all over the internet but can’t seem to talk their problems out with their loved ones?
How can people find such things as Beauty, Right, Reason and Truth when their heads are always down and their minds are always closed?
They can’t, because they are in the cave and they are there by their own free will.
And what is the point of this blog? Well, I don’t know what the outcome will be but my hope is that by being the change I really wish to see, that change will come. If it doesn’t at least I have changed.
All I know is that change may be painful, emotional, exhausting and confusing…BUT it IS Good.
I have made it to the end of day 2 without Facebook. Let’s see if I make it through the weekend…
(Disclaimer: “The Cave” is not specifically Facebook or Twitter, it is a state of mind and a way of life. This can be represented through many things but for me it is in fact social networking.)