Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Danger of The Sovereign Individual

 The notion that we're all just independent operators with no obligation to our neighbors, our community, or our nation is both short-sighted and poisonous. The idea that the Internet can replace the relationships built through face-to-face communication is ridiculous.

Here's a rule of life: you have to be there. You have to listen and laugh and argue and comfort the people around you in a multitude of exchanges where life's mystery means you may not know just which exchange was the most important.

I can recall off-hand conversations from long ago that seriously affected my life and even my world view.

You never know, but that raised eyebrow, that quiet reassurance, that brief pat on the back may be another person's life changer.

Don't hide away. Get out among 'em.

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