Thought for the Week
“We are intensely attached,” Matthew Kelly observes, “to being perceived in a positive light, even by people we don’t know and will never meet—perhaps most telling, we even want to be perceived positively by people we don’t like. In short, we want everyone to like us. This of course leads us to present ourselves in ways that are inauthentic. This is a recipe for disaster. I am never happy when I pretend to be someone I am not. The birth of social media has put this pretending on steroids… We seem more interested in pretending to live interesting lives than actually living interesting lives. (Instead), we should see social media as a way to bring a positive message of hope to a realm filled with so much negativity and hopelessness.”
When will we stop wearing masks? Not the COVID-19 kind, but the kind we were wearing long before this pandemic began? The kind that hides who we are? The kind that keep us from infecting our culture with the “virus” of hope it so desperately needs?
“Live life with a due sense of responsibility, not as those who do not know the meaning of life, but as those who do.”