Christ came to redeem fallen man. The state of the fallen man has always been evident by his lack of care for others and through his quest for destruction. Christ did come and He saved us from death, showing us the way and giving us Commandments that lead to life. We have churches, sometimes called hospitals, to help us learn wholesomeness.
The first commandment taught to us is to put God first and to love him above all else, and loving your neighbor as yourself. Are the created goods we now have, and many commonly used for ways of communication, taking something precious from us. The use of them may allow us to engage with more people at once, and worldwide, but at the same time, they are impersonal. Interaction, face to face with a human creation has become sometimes frightening to some, as it discloses much in a way of understanding the other's feelings, and sensitivities. Hidden over emails and telephone prompted messages, one avoids the needed contact to fully understand and receive the full picture by the response of another. Prewritten at times, we can divulge as much or as little as we care to. We are afraid to be made known, or to be hurt. And we can hide the truth sometimes, that way. It makes confrontation that much less painful at times. The bible is clear about it. All hidden will be revealed.
Things are different when you must look into the eyes of another. It's like looking into their soul, making it more difficult to hurt or ignore their need or request. Especially, if you love them. We are called to love our neighbor. God does not make junk people, everything has its full intention, unbeknown to us.
Some of the problems that now have risen because of our choice in the use of technology, is in the way mankind can no longer communicate with real people. Conversation is an art, it is something that we must learn. Years prior, people were better skilled at listening to others, and responding adequately, sometimes, in just a passing hello, or a quick how are you doing? Greetings are necessary even in a world so technologically advanced. Can you see ones smile over the internet? Do not underestimate the importance or the warmth of what can set you aglow for an entire day. It is "normal" for people to be people. Remember what a famous song taught us, "people who need people are the luckiest people in the world." It is good to hear someone's voice over the phone, but you can't see them.
Why have we become impersonal? Is it a crime to have feelings, when it is that which makes us human? Are we afraid of our own humanity? How far and how fast is mankind falling? Are we aware of it?
Are you becoming out of touch, and maybe "out of reality". I watched a show last night that sickened me. It was about men who sadly could not interact with real women, and in their desire to share their life with someone, and in some cases more than one, because of their own failure, inability to communicate, have artificial creations to fill their loneliness. These dolls, are their pleasure and "they do not talk back." Some call them their wives. I don't think that was God's intention for mankind. It is more than a sick perversion, it is a form of idolatry, (that which has been created on which the affections are passionately set). A breaking of the very first Commandment. It can also be other material things, like money, or cars, maybe even sports. What or who do you worship?
So how are we doing with human communication? It is said that hearts of many will grow cold. Are we there yet? Maybe it's time that we become "real" again. Oh! bye the way, have you hugged your child today? If you are not concerned by what you just read, reread it, and get away from your isolation and go and greet, hug someone before its too late. Human interaction is what is "normal." Are you at the stage of abnormal, yet? All to often we are taught, look but don't touch. Some people are having trouble discerning real from artificial.
Sometimes, we ignore things we shouldn't. And because we fail to see it for what it is, other's catch on, and it becomes the norm. Become enlightened, the truth will set you free.
Put an end to this coldness....
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