Thanks to whiz kid like creativity and boundless technical savviness, being in-the-know has become easier than ever before. Reaching out or being reached is now at the touch of a button. With one click, you can have “Friends” by the hundreds or even thousands; those who are near and those who are not. It is as simple as sending a request. In times past, this was equivalent to, “How about we hang out some time?” Today, this once full-of-thought offer comes without any visual expressions to infer. Nothing to interpret prior to an accepted response, no time spent to confirm common interest, and little concern of the old fashion referral process. Yet, once you are “Accepted”, you are immediately in the Circle of Know.
Yes, it is worthwhile to stay in touch and keep connected. Life happenings that would otherwise be missed are now easily accessible for all to view. The wedding of your cousin, your sister’s trip to Alaska, your best friend’s daughter’s first day of school, college graduations, Senior Prom, Homecoming, acceptance to medical school, and the much anticipated – we are pregnant – announcements. With ease, everyone accepted as “Friend” readily appears in the scrollable news feed.
It is here – this scrollable place subtly alluded to as benign, that you are able to peak into the hearts and minds of everyone you have listed as “Friend”. With freedom of speech and personal permission practiced as choice, confidence in expression is overly apparent. There are no boundaries to uphold. Limitations are endless and margins are wide. Each “Friend” tagged under their own individualized headline, comment, story, bleep or outburst. Whatever the yearning, thought, concern, or desire, – it is here – that it is revealed without restriction, in the scrollable news feed.
It is because of these freedoms: casually scrolling through the news feed is no longer a thoughtless luxury. In a matter of seconds, without any warning, we can be subjected to the depraved whims of those we have enlisted as “Friend”. At times, we are violated in our thoughts, dishonored in our morals and disrespected in our person. We naively accept with unknowing consent whatever our “Friends” have deemed permissible.
NOTICE: Being in the Circle of Know must be done with absolute caution. It is absolutely necessary that we consciously scroll through with guarded eyes and a pre-determined standard.
Thought to Ponder:
God has given instruction, “Watch over your heart with all diligence…for from it flow the issues of life” <Proverbs 4: 22-24>. Just as iron sharpens iron <Proverbs 27:17>, so friends sharpen the minds of each other.
May we find a commendable purpose in our relationships with those we allow in our – news feed – and consider as “Friends”.
Next TO gathering is Friday October 30th. See you there!