TED – Ideas Worth Spreading: innovative creations, thought provoking concepts, mind expanding ideas. And then there is this: “How Our Friendship Survives Our Opposing Politics”. The talk itself is great. The question I have is how did we get here?
When did we become so insular and close-minded that we need a TED Talk devoted to teaching us how to engage with those who think differently from us? Think about this for a bit; it’s mind blowing. The TED Talk platform is predicated on the engagement of individuals who view themselves as naturally open-minded and curious. Yet those very people need a TED Talk to be open-minded and curious.
Recently I was struck by my facebook newsfeed. Topping my feed with 200 likes and 63 comments and counting was news of a friend’s dog – passed away the previous night. The condolences and sincere heartfelt sadness was clear in every comment. A close second and directly below it was a posting of another friend’s father who passed away with a 187 likes and 50 comments.
My question: When did dogs become people? Don’t get me wrong- I am all in favor of kind treatment of animals and do understand the bond that forms with a pet. I have a dog too. I am just wondering am I the only person left who would save the life of a stranger over my dog? I hope not. For certainly people working together have saved countless lives and the true love of another person is priceless. I would save you- my fellow “man”. Would you save me?
We live in an age of sharing – our thoughts, our images, our past, our future. On the one hand- what’s better than sharing and connecting? We need to share to survive- it’s true no man is an island. And babies who are starved of human connection… die. On the other hand- could we go too far? Isn’t the most charming person the one who lets the light shine on others? With our constant sharing are we truly connecting?