Learning to See People Deeply in the Shallows of Social Media

Good stuff to consider here.

john pavlovitz

iceberg-underwater-wallpaper-2Social media can be a deceptive thing; beautiful but so very dangerous to navigate.

Part of its great value is that it gives everyone an equal voice regardless of their status or social standing. Not bound by any of the restraints they may encounter in everyday life, people can speak freely and their words can find their audience unfettered by those who would prefer to silence them. It gives power to those who may not have it elsewhere and it magnifies those who have been marginalized.

But one of the most treacherous pitfalls of social media is that it gives us all a false sense of discernment about another’s heart.

Although we think we have access to people simply because a shared portion of their lives passes in front us each day, in reality we see most of them with a distorted lens, viewing their humanity in 140-character bursts and believing we have them figured out…

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