All in Relationships

I realized that for 10 years of my life... and possibly longer in my younger years... I believed, internalized, and preached a dangerous, destructive message. A message that has oppressed people. A message that has caused people to take their lives. A message that as subjected people to violence. A message that has tried to change people when they can’t and shouldn’t be changed.

Without sounding like a Luddite, I have to agree with Lady Gaga’s sentiments she made on a late night talk show recently when she stated that social media is the “toilet of the internet”. But when I got to thinking about this statement more, I realized that it isn’t social media itself that is the problem... but something attached to social media platforms...

It just seems like yesterday when Kristen told me that she was pregnant with our child. The look on her face was priceless. She was so enthralled and enraptured with the news and I was in shock and bewilderment. Yes, we were “trying” and yes, this was the outcome I wanted; but when it actually happens… when you feel like your whole world is shifting right before your eyes… it does something to you… right down to your core.

We live in a society where we are so far from the idea of civil discourse that we find ourselves deeply entrenched in our own sphere of comfort. Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with finding a community where you feel safe, loved and valued in; but at the same time if you don’t have a good grasp on what is going on around you, then there is no way you can be effective in knowing how to react to the issues we face as a culture.