But thanks, and thanks
and ever thanks
Shakespeare – Twelfth Night
Over the years, I have used and greatly appreciated the internet. But I have often worried about the potential limitations of using it for hours every day. I have worried that it is teaching us to think in sound bites and limiting our ability to concentrate. I’ve worried about widespread use of replacing personal interchange with cyber-communication, limiting our ability to communicate directly with other people present with us in the here and now. I have worried that it robs us of our ability to be quiet, to observe what is happening around us or within our own thoughts.
I had no expectation when I wrote the post on yesterday’s blog that I would get any responses at all. I didn’t write it to get solutions or even support. I certainly did not expect responses that would give me a foothold, and that I would find so energizing. Taken together, the comments and “likes” have somehow taken me to a new dimension of insight.
Each of the comments are unique. But they have helped me put things in a far better perspective. I have learned that, for all its potential limitations, the internet can also be a powerful, meaningful source of human exchange. And it has helped me learn that simply offering support and understanding is sometimes the greatest gift we can give.
It has certainly been a great gift to me.
And so I thank you. I can no other answer make…