You don’t know me

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It takes time to know someone. There’s hardly enough time and rarely enough interest. We like to think we know ourselves but even this must be met with skepticism.

Why? We go through life thinking that we know “people” whoever they are and wherever we find them. But, we really don’t know them. There are two important reasons why we don’t really know one another. First, there is very little time. Our culture is one of action and small boxes that we must check in order to proceed through the day. We have lists of tasks that must be accomplished in order to validate ourselves with the broader community.

We certainly don’t want to be thought of as derelict in our duties and obligations by spending time getting to know someone. Technology has changed the way we interact with other human beings. Communication remains vague and pithy because the medium does not allow for an in-depth interchange of ideas. Think of the Platonic dialogues for a moment. Many were long conversations that unfolded over many hours, how exhausting it would be to have an email or text exchange that lasted half as long.

The real reason though has nothing at all to do with technology and is more apropos to the human condition in the modern world. We are utterly disinterested. Little time is spent getting to know one’s self and even less is allocated getting to know one another. We have become adept at classifying people and arbitrarily deciding whether the person is worthy of our attention. This second reason entails the first in that we face a daily onslaught of marketing, news, and information that begs for our attention while what we need most slowly passes into the background. Humans are designed for community and this innate desire for common unity is becoming more and more closeted behind computer and phone screens.  We disclose publicly what we often hide privately and yet this public disclosure without private authenticity feeds a feeling of isolation and loneliness.

Those of us who can remember the better days of our youth when human interaction presupposed close human proximity must join the fight for this recollection. One dimensional communication is not adequate for the development of authenticity. A generation of followers must be lead back to see their own unique place as an individual that needs three dimensional human interaction.

 

 

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About blogginbaldguy

Philosopher, Hockey Coach, and unashamed hoarder of blogs. I write whatever interests me at the moment but mostly its hockey, philosophy, and issues surrounding masculinity and manhood.
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