If you ask my mother-in-law, she'll tell you Facebook is evil. I suppose it can be. My father, seeing his children fight and become distant over things said on facebook, has observed that nothing good comes from it. To be honest, my life has changed due to Facebook; some family relationships have become estranged while others have become stronger. I've reconnected with long lost friends, forged new friendships and started Intuitive Dawnings.
As with most things in life, Facebook has a duality about it when it comes to relationships. It can make them or break them. It can shine a light on an already shaky foundation and it can be an instrument for tremendous support and encouragement.
Like in high school, there are the popular people - they get a zillion likes for the lamest of status updates and the 'not as popular' people who couldn't garner a like if their life depended on it. Facebook is the ultimate reality show where marketing skills and self hype are encouraged, even rewarded.
Facebook is simply a microcosm of the human experience. It's a mirror that reflects what we are and the lessons to be gained from that are priceless.
There are people who will wear their heart on their sleeve on social media, followed closely behind by those who ridicule people that 'air their dirty laundry'. There are those who proudly 'speak the truth' being challenged by another who's truth is different - those conversations rarely end well.
There is friending and unfriending. Liking and unliking. Tagging and untagging. With each action there is a vulnerability that carries with it the weight of rejection. It hurts to not be recognized, it hurts to be ignored, it hurts - even on Facebook.
So I suppose that maybe this social media mamoth can be quite the vehicle of disruption. But it can't create a schism that is not already there, even if undetected. It can't create a longing for an emotional connection that wasn't there to start with. Facebook is simply a microcosm of the human experience. It's a mirror that reflects what we are and the lessons to be gained from that are priceless.
I have been cut to the core over things brought about on Facebook. I've been unfriended by family members I thought were my friends. It cuts deep when the pretend world of self hype and promotion turns its back on you and you are left wondering why nobody seems to care. As with everything in life, it's a spiritual journey and there are always lessons to be learned.
For me, the lesson is not 'What is wrong with everyone else?" ~ although I wish it were that simple. The lesson for me is 'What am I supposed to learn from this? What hurts do I need to recognize and turn over to God for healing? What insecurities am I being led to own up to?" The lessons are powerful liberators, if we allow them to be.
To everything there is a season; the good, the bad and the ugly. They all play out on Facebook. Embrace the good, learn from the bad and pretty up the ugly! I'll be there, laughing, loving........ and learning.
I believe Man’s Ego gets in the way of God’s love and our greatest lesson on earth is to destroy the Ego and promote the Love.
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