Is Facebook Evil?

Still pondering the many wonderful comments to appear on this blog over the past two days, mostly in response to my post Of Death, Dementia, and Dear Old Friends. In that post I talk about using Facebook to (re)connect with old acquaintances and friends. Predictably, comments seemed to be about evenly divided between those who agreed with me about Facebook's usefulness, and those who decried it as an ersatz form of relating. One comment in particular really caught my eye: i used to look at … [Read more...]

Of Death, Dementia, and Dear Old Friends

I learned yesterday that an old friend of mine — someone I haven't seen since the late 1980s, and haven't even spoken with since 1997 — is alive but in advanced dementia. I had lost touch with her, and someone had told me, erroneously, a few years back that she had died. I'm happy to learn that my friend lives, even if under the cruel sentence of the loss of memory and reason. I'm going to write her a letter and basically introduce myself to her and say that her friendship meant a lot to me. Eve … [Read more...]

Mysticism and Social Media?

Here's a fascinating video, and I'd love to hear what people think about this. Although it's aimed at business, when I watch this I wonder about what the relationship will be between social media and mystical spirituality in the years to come. Sitting in front of a computer screen isn't exactly a traditional contemplative practice; texting on an iPhone isn't exactly a category of lectio divina. For those of us who believe that the world needs more silence, more stillness, more sabbath rest, more … [Read more...]


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