Monday, September 3, 2012

Disconnection between human beings

So I have been thinking about the recent killings in New York and prior to that in Aurora, Colorado. What is at the root of the problem? Why has it become a pattern in our society? In spite of all the affluence in people’s life, what’s causing this suffering?

To me what’s apparent is that the people who caused these immense sufferings were themselves suffering immensely. It’s very easy to espouse hate towards the killers and it is a natural response. But that does not help anybody. A Chinese proverb says: “It’s better to light a candle then curse the darkness.” My personal opinion on the subject is in our society people are getting more and more disconnected. We have our headphones on too much. Walking from one place to another, we are on our phones texting. Or are liking away on Facebook! :-) I am not denouncing texting or facebook, not by far. They are a form of connecting with each other and have made this world a smaller place! Therefore are definitely adding value. It’s when we rely on online/text communication more than personal communication that we start distancing ourselves from each other. It’s when we are walking through our life, not looking around us, mired in our own life, is when we start distancing ourselves from others.

We each have our own role to play to make this society a better place! For me, I want to open up and say hello to people more, strike up conversation with someone looking sad, stop to ask how are they doing, be there for people in my immediate environment more. We never know how we might be affecting an individual’s life, who at that moment might be struggling. When we stop to say hello, smile and ask how they are doing, we are showing that we care. That their life is valuable. This might just be the highlight of their day.

After all isn’t that what we all are looking for: love and connection? Please feel free to leave a comment/feedback/question. I am curious about what you think about this subject! Thank you for your kind attention!

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