Monday, August 6, 2012

Communication Requires Community

It's been a long long time since I last wrote. My life has taken a new turn, and there is very little time for blogging. I have a few minutes here and there, but I rarely have time for thoughtful communication.  It's true that Facebook has overtaken our lives, and instead of truly understanding someone's heart, we get tidbits of micro-thought in the form of a "status," generally laced with sarcasm, complaint, or narcissistic opinion.

I need a more from my relationships.

And I know this is hardly the place to get it. Most likely, any comments posted here will be from robots. Yes, robots. Whether computerized or human living in the matrix of un-reality, there is very little room for human community these days.

I miss letter writing. I miss waiting for a letter to come in the mail. Letters were full of information. I remember anticipating letters from pen-pals back in the 70s and 80s. These letters were opportunities for me to hear all about the life of a friend. Then, in turn, I would write a letter responding to the new information, and I would in turn give new information about my life.

Communication isn't one-sided. It requires community.

So I worry about forums such as these where we sit alone in front of a computer screen, begging the world to listen to our thoughts. I worry that we've forgotten how to listen.

I hope I've listened to someone today.

68 comments:

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2Crazzie4U said...

That is so true. We are often "too busy" to write letters or to listen. But when we take the time to listen- for surely with God, our attitude of "i have so much to do" disappears. If we are willing to listen to someone else, then they will be willing to listen to you.

We all have a story to tell, but not everyone wants to hear it. But really.. the most important story you need to listen and to tell is the one about Christ coming to pay our price of death and victoriously conquered it, paying the price we deserve.

Thank you so much for this reminder and encouragement to listen more rather than want to share my own story louder than the important story. :D

yeti said...

I love letter writing. And listening is important. And though blogging isn't the place for real community it is all too often where I look of it.

Anonymous said...

That is so right... Before life was better because we didn't have these electronic machines; now the world is going to pieces because everyone obeys these sin-filled machines and can't live without them.... I love writing pen-and-paper letters!!! the ones that use those are best friends because they don't have the whole world listening to everything they say or do and no one can come between them!

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Very well said! I love it!

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darsden said...

Yes, I also agree. I see so many on their phones punching text than have a conversation with the person standing right in front of you. Thank you and I hear you.
I remember writing a lot of letters too.

The SweetDST said...

I recently decided to have my children write letters to their grandparents, cousins, etc. These Social Sites have become so impersonal and I totally felt like you were in my head while reading your blog. I'm thinking of giving up Social Sites for the New Year. You want to know what's going on in our lives, write us or at least pick up the phone and we'll do the same.

Whitney Black said...

Nothin wrong with sittin in front of a computer, I do it all the time. :)

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