Our desire for connection~
A few nights ago I watched the movie Social Network depicting the story of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. To be honest, I am still thinking about his story and the incredible explosion of Facebook on this planet. What I am marinating in was Mark's ability to recognize our deep desire for connection -- his undeniable brilliance was his ability to create a vehicle by which we can connect -- globally, instantly, and continuously.
Mark tapped into the heart of our longing to be connected in what often feels like a very fragmented, dis-jointed, and isolating world. Facebook provides a forum for us to express ourselves, to instantly share, and to instantly step into other's lives and stories.
But, is this enough? Does this really satisfy our desire for connection? Like other well-known and well-loved substitutes - food, alcohol, drugs, sex, TV, clothing and "things" - the potential hazard of Facebook is that it becomes another way for us to dis-connect.
Our deepest desire is for connection with "our inner self" -- that wellspring of consciousness and access to God that offers profound joy and peace. Without that, we can become easily lost and feel adrift, looking for connection through things that really do not deeply satisfy.
Are we taking time each day to make that deeper connection within ourselves?