Some span considerable distances. Others bridge across different languages and cultures.
Some of my better clients are people I’ve never met in person and probably won’t.
The same may be said of many people I call my friend.
Some are strictly electronic. Some, I couldn’t even tell you if the person I’m communicating with is young or old. And in one notable case, I wasn’t sure if the person was male or female.
Dogs and cats have their own web pages with thousands of followers.
The earth turns very much the same way it always has, it’s just everything else about this big blue ball that has changed, and keeps changing.
And it seems that part of this change is that our communication is really pretty poor. Considering that we have microwaves that cook our dinner in seconds, cars that get us vast distances in no time (not to mention planes) and all the other “time saving” conveniences afforded to modern man, it should seem like we would all have nothing but time on our hands. Time to communicate.
But it seems that we don’t.
So what that often means is…
Things don’t get explained.
Things don’t get double checked.
People don’t exchange pleasantries.
We are now communicating in shorthand.
We look for the easy way out.
We want somebody we can blame.
We don’t have time to look for the truth.
We take the convenient road.
We prefer to believe a good lie.
We’d rather reject somebody on the basis of a few cosmetic differences, than instead look at the things we may have in common.
We’d rather hold other cultures up to the light of scrutiny by comparing their culture to ours, instead of taking the effort to try to see things from their perspective.
We over commit, under execute and make excuses.
We hope our problems will go away if we simply ignore them for long enough.
We turn to others to bail us out of our jams.
We don’t say please or thank you.
We take things for granted.