To Know‑Yourself, to Accept‑Yourself, to Mature‑Yourself and to Give‑Yourself
The fashionable sport these days is “sharing” in social networks. With a simple click, we bounce contents that frequently we do not even know very well.
One of the meanings of the word share is "be involved in something" but if you think about it, when you press the button “share” you are not participating in anything. In fact there is nothing “our” that we're sharing. It's more like forwarding something that has arrived to us.
In my opinion, to share truly, one must first impregnate himself by the content provided. Before we share with others, it is necessary that “the Word was made flesh” in ourselves, because nobody can give what he don't has (except the “markets” of course).
This is not a pun or an intellectual filigree, more or less ingenious, for my own brilliance. It's very simple. If we think about it, it is quite evident.
We are acting in the same way that “financial markets”, which are completely alienated in the virtuality of the virtual.
For many centuries, the now called "markets" began replacing the real products and services by a few pieces of paper they called money and in which everybody trusted because it was assumed that somewhere there was some "tangible equivalent" who supported those papers. But now the markets no longer need these pieces of paper, do not even need anything tangible, because they work in pure and simple virtual reality, totally submitted to greed.
In the field of relations something very similar happened: we start by replacing the contact and inter-personal communication (conversations, meetings and gatherings), by impersonal social relations through the communication "media", where there was no more contact between people but only "through the media."
Then we have incorporated the virtuality of "cyberspace" that seemed to amplify and democratized the "social", without intermediates. By “messenger” or email shall be directly and massively distributed some contents, always virtuals, in which there is no trace of personal contact nor any "material" support.
But now, with the "social networks", we have reached the top of the "virtual relationships", collecting thousands of "virtual friends", who we do not even know, and with whom we "share" some containers, virtuals of course, whose contents we'll never even have accessed. We simply bounced the containers without knowing their true content.
In saying this, I do not mean that we have not agreed to that content (although I wonder ifreally it is possible to have time and the ability required to access the vast amount of information that is daily bounced). Actually I am referring that, even if we have "eaten" all that information (what an indigestion), usually one "bounces" without having "digested".
There is neither time nor inclination to digest so much information and, besides, who cares?, if it is much easier to click the "share" button than to "bother" to digest the content... In short, why bother if no one will know it nor it interests no one?
In order to trully share something, you have to make it "yours", you must integrate it into your being. When you've integrated something in your being, you no longer need nor networks nor any kind of media to share it. You do not even need the will or the intention of sharing anything. It is simply in yourself and anyone can perceive it, directly and personally.
To share and to communicate in this way, directly and personally, is the most beautiful and gratifying thing I know, but it requires "four small things": to Know‑Yourself, to Accept‑Yourself, to Mature‑Yourself and to Give‑Yourself.