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Technology and fear and the great divide.

October 27, 2013

After author Patti Davis received backlash from a good friend concerning her recent novel about two sisters-in-law who unexpectedly fall in love, she blogged about the great divide that’s present in society around the profound issues that are facing us today—like gay rights, guns, and immigration. How people just can’t seem to talk to each other about these things.

I couldn’t agree more. I also feel a divide among family members, and in the news with Congress. I feel it on Facebook. People get hostile about their positions and aren’t open to other points of view. Listen— folks have disagreed with each other through the ages, but now some of us are holding on to our positions for dear life. Frankly, I think the reason is fear. Fear about the particular thing that they are for or against. And fear, in general. Let’s face it. The world can be a scary place, these days. People need to feel in control, so they dig in their heals for a sense of closure or containment.

Technology hasn’t helped. You couldn’t be reading this blog post without it, I know. But we are also paying a huge price. Lately, it seems that, as much as the world is expanding it is also closing in. I read an article in a recent New Yorker that explained how a group of high school football players sexually abused a young woman, while texting about it to their friends. Something is terribly out of balance here. To me, this is just an extreme, albeit sick version of this great divide, where people just refuse to connect with one another.

Personally, I steer clear of controversial conversations these days. I’m more inclined to look inward, because I can deal with my own fear, and see it for what it is. Then I can figure out what to do—whether that’s talk with my ten-year-old son, write, or avoid certain kinds of conversations. For me, taking solitude brings back inner peace and harmony. Then I remember that we are not divided but are One.


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