Social Toxicity
The Decalogue Depression

Eliminating Distractions

Communities are strong to the extent that distractions are eliminated.  Thinking about Eastern Europe during Communism, not only did people depend upon each other for day-to-day survival, but they lacked the luxury of so many distractions like cell phones and computers.  More of their time was spent interacting in a way that was fundamentally human.  Tribal communities provide an even more extreme example...where only chores interrupted the interaction between family and community.

It occurs to me that, while I place great hope in innovative, new communication technologies to connect people, too often they distract us from the real communities we are already a part of.  We sit in cubes at work, emailing or IM'ing colleagues who sit right next to us while browsing a discussion forum at the same time.  We walk to dinner with friends while they check voicemail messages.  And communication technologies are just the tip of the iceberg.  The non communication-related distractions in our day-to-day lives remove us from the larger community altogether.

Ultimately, we must each make a decision to consciously prioritize face-to-face human interaction ahead of distractions.  There is nothing more fundamentally gratifying and fulfilling than human relationships.

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