Being in isolation #4 Man’s greediness, slackness, internet, friends and social contacts

We are all weak human beings, damaged by the given string of DNA from our ancestors in the line of Adam and Eve. By their own choice they came to have knowledge of Good and Evil. We too are caught by that knowledge but also by our willingness to know more and to have more. That greed of want can tamper the isolated person also, most certainly when he sees all those around him who seem to have a better and much easier life. No one able to escape the pressures of life, it is easy to go for the human default to take the easy road. When we finally get a few moments to relax, staying at home, vegetating in front of the TV or mindlessly roaming the Internet all seem like better choices than making the effort to engage others or to set our mind to the more spiritual things.

Self-satisfied a person easily can be going with all those around him who have plenty of social activities and seem to have lots of fun with worldly activities. Not having said that such worldly activities would be wrong. The opposite, a believer may not isolate himself from those around him who do not believe in God or who have another faith. Social activities are the ideal occasion to come to talk to others, to get to know them better, but also to get yourself and your faith been better known by the others.

English: Data from April 2011 Editor Survey th...
Data from April 2011 Editor Survey that lists Social Media activities (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today more people are on the internet thinking they have lots of friends. Ironically, our social media culture, having us in touch with more people than ever, causes many more, to feel lonely. We can see that today less people do have real friends and that there is much less social contact than ever before. Many use the social media to make them look more important and better than they really are. Facebook in particular is the boasting site in major key bringing lots of people in a minor mood. Social media brings a lot of people less connected than ever though they mail e email, tweet and Facebook a lot, they do not go deep into matters and spend less and less time face to face with others.

Maybe the reason we email, tweet and Facebook is because we can stay connected without the real effort of staying connected.

Naturally such modern assets can be very handy to have contact with others. But it also brings a couch culture, worse than television ever did. For many it might seem easier to stay at home, comfortable where nobody can see how they really live or what they really do.  Though by such isolation which they choose themselves or which they bring over themselves they shall see in the long-term that will come at a high cost.

Every choice has a cost. Community takes more up front, but the effort pays for itself. Isolation takes less up front, but you wind up paying a steep price.

But in our world we do also have the involuntary isolation, there where lovers of God want to be in contact with other lovers of God, but cannot find enough people around them to meet or to have regular face to face conversations and nice activities where their faith and life can be shared with each other.

A demographic isolation is what comes not only to the Belgian Christadelphians but to many of this faith group because there are just not enough Christadelphians all over the world. That is a fact we do have to live with.

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Preceding article

Being in isolation #1 Baptists making an important choice

Being in isolation #2 Looking at the word “Isolation”

Being in isolation #3 Gathering and Sharing

The Big Conversation

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Additional reading

  1. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 3
  2. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 4
  3. The Question is this…
  4. Watch out
  5. Capitalism
  6. Greed more common than generosity
  7. Angry at the greedy state
  8. Intellectual servility a curse of mankind
  9. How to Find the Meaning of Life and Reach a State of Peace
  10. Time to consider how to care for our common home
  11. The World Wide Refugee and Migrant Crisis and a possible solution for it
  12. A charter for a truly free world and why we need it
  13. Beginning a Path toward Distributism: A Brief Definition
  14. The Art of Doing Less – Your Time is Finite
  15. Less for more
  16. Stop and Think
  17. Be realistic, do not pretend
  18. Disscusion Questions
  19. What Are You Seeking?
  20. How we think shows through in how we act
  21. Putting your feelings into words and sharing them
  22. Illusion of Separateness
  23. Lonely in the crowd
  24. Family happiness and little things we do
  25. Social media and asylum seekers
  26. Mountains of information, disinformation and breaking away
  27. Mass Media’s Deception Causing Division
  28. Certain people trying to stem freedom of speech
  29. Stepping Toes 2014 in review
  30. At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights
  31. From Guestwriters 2016 in review
  32. Newly added pages to Our World
  33. Who are Christadelphians
  34. Help us to get better known

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Further reading

  1. Daniel 101
  2. Puffs of awesomeness
  3. So much need
  4. A story of greed and murder
  5. Opulence
  6. Lux et Amor (Light and Love) project- Organizer
  7. Vietnam International Week – 2015
  8. 2017 resolution : Imperfection Weakness
  9. Festival Role : Lohri Celebrations
  10. White Roads of Canada,, Snowfall
  11. Festival Of Spring,, Vasant Panchami
  12. Social Knitting?
  13. Youth Volunteer Guide Team District 1
  14. Lurking and what leaders know about their invisible audience
  15. Students, Fake News, and Critical Thinking
  16. Maintaining an active lifestyle
  17. Blin.gy puts you inside your favorite music video
  18. Facebook and Instagram Detox?
  19. Get The Customers Queueing At Your Door…But Not Literally
  20. Strength in Numbers: Evaluating the Golden State Warriors’ social media
  21. Silence is Golden
  22. Wifi in Australia secured
  23. Top Five Overused Phrases On Social Media Part 2
  24. Are Gen X entrepreneurs missing the mark on social media?
  25. Oh “Hey!” There Neighbor: Katie Ronen
  26. I see you! (by : Kandi Arnold )
  27. Instagram 101 For Older Adults; Madison Gailey
  28. Facing the Facebook Generation Gap By: Marissa Young
  29. Facebook: Older Adults Deserve to Post too. By: Jane Challgren
  30. Facebook for Family Connections
  31. Facebook: Helping People Connect Since 2004 By: Ashley Stuemky
  32. Daily Report: Mark Zuckerberg’s Stand Against Isolationism
  33. Living in the Moment
  34. De-stressing and Improving Your Relationship Life
  35. Celebrating Love: 5 Creative Ways to Stay Connected Through Deployments.
  36. Meet Up: Find Out What’s Going on in Your Community

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