All things social can shed light as well as lead people into darkness. The light of discovering truths, innovation, relevant relations and opportunities to serve others is like a warm ray of sunshine in the spring. On the other side is the sense of darkness brought on by discovering people and institutions attempting to manipulate people for selfish gains. The world of social illustrates both light and darkness indicated by peoples intent and relevant behavior on-line and off. Light and darkness are both transparent to the human soul but sometimes our souls are confused by our own selfish aims.
The Light of Personal Excellence
EM writes: Where does excellence start if not within us? My central tenet is to focus on what I can do but not as an example to serve for others but to pursue excellence because it is the road less traveled. I care about this world so whatever a particular nation has lost another has gained, and my spirit is to see where people have got it right, where things are working. I don’t want to master failure but learn from my own failure. This means that by observing what others do wrong does not serve me particularly well, for how much “warning” do I need to understand what a warning is 🙂
Instead I look for the good in myself and because I have in charge of myself, just as Victor Frankl saw what the search for meaning was, I can take responsibility for the one person I can change in this world, namely myself. In this age of increasing self-service, one would like to think that others would do likewise but I would have an agenda or be selfish if I thought that my work was changing others. Unless someone really wants to change and that change is something they will take responsibility for, how others conduct their life is their personal business.
We are are an attention seeking celebrity filled nation and that kind of following does not serve me at all. There is a greatness in fame when what we are famous for is our integrity and sense of honor but above all our ability to learn from our own mistakes.
It is my life, it is the only one I will ever have and I thank G-d that I have access to resources that make me a better person for it. This is the only truth that really matters, that I know myself and I serve others more wisely because I have done my work and recognized truths that are only mine to recognize.
If I understand this much then the Sermon on the Mount takes on even greater significance and I read it as a Truth and not as preaching to the masses or the world. My truth begins with knowing my humility and this humility is still a work-in-progress.
The Social Light Is A Strong Force of Change
All things social are creating significant forces of change. Businesses and people are learning hard lessons from using social in selfish ways. The opposite is also true. Many are learning to use social to see, hear and reflect on things they and their organizations must change to better serve others.
Understanding what must change within us enables us to better serve others seeking change from within. Change comes from gaining new knowledge about ourselves and the world we live in. All things social enable us to find knowledge necessary to change. That is if we are seeking the light and not being confused by the darkness. Is your light on?