“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
It’s amazing the affect that one person can have on another, the great potential that exists in human connection. It is even more surprising how seldom we lay hold of that potential. I just had a meeting with a co-worker and I realized after it was over that, other than the deliberate verbal communication, I had neglected to make any real connection. I was hardly present. I realized that many of my interactions with the people around me are like this.
I used to think that social media was the greatest threat to genuine human connection, but I don’t think that anymore. If it is a threat at all, it is a threat in the same way religion is a threat to connection with God. It serves as evidence we can use to make the case that we are, in fact, connecting when we’re really not. After all, “look at all the time spent”. “Look at the messages I send.”
No, it’s not social media or television or anything external that is to blame for our lack of connection. Those are just convenient places to hide. The real culprit is fear. Human connection, with its great potential, carries with it the ultimate risk, the risk of rejection or disapproval.
To face this risk and jump head first into it is the only way to really live. The only way to have life… even the eternal variety.
The invincible summer is in there. As to whether or not it will have its effect, well, that’s entirely up to you.