the death of anonymity
There’s something that really gets to me about an aspect of social media culture but i’m especially to blame and I’m mainly disappointed in myself.
Which of these do not belong?
Justice, advocacy, compassion, and… anonymity.
Yup, you guessed it! It’s anonymity. It’s a lost art and we’re all guilty; especially me.
We all heard this challenge before: “when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing”.
Well, our left hand may not know of the charitable donation the right hand just made but Twitter sure does. Our closest friends may not know about the influential person we just met with but the caring Facebook community sure does. We may be just a generous, random, nameless stranger to that homeless lady we just helped but the blog-o-sphere knows all about our heroic encounter with Sonya, the poor vagabond we just befriended and gave $50 to.
Anyone feelin’ me?
We need to return to the discipline of anonymity. It is a discipline because for those of us who are plugged deeply into the social media pipeline, our first instinct is to “share” with the rest of the world the greatness we were just a part of.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing and celebrating our “successes” publicly. However, i think that once in a while we can really work on keeping a “purer” heart by making sure the act of kindness or compassionate encounter is left between 2 people, no more.
Our generation is in danger of broadcasting our “eternal treasures” away. In other words, some of us are going to have really dinky houses in heaven. Straight up.
I need to work harder to upgrade the size of my home in heaven by just keeping my mouth shut and not caring about credit or recognition in this fleeting dimension. I hope I eventually live a life so anonymous and behind-the-scenes that when I get to my eternal abode, I would be surprised to find that someone from the TBN staff scrubs my toilets. (nothing against TBN but have you SEEN their building? not judging. just sayin…)
this post is brought to you by: this holiday season. let’s try it out.