my vision of the world.

Are You ‘You’ Online?

This is a revised version of “Who are you?”, this version will be on the catholic exchange on 12th of May I just added here the same ending as I wrote in the first post.

No one is as funny in real life as on Twitter, or as good looking as on Facebook and so on and so forth… The internet has given us means to connect with people, but how do we connect with these people? Do we really let ourselves be known? It is easy to block somebody on MSN or “unfriend” on Facebook, but real life is not as easy as the internet.

In life people have their weaknesses, and it is part of life to deal with them, especially if they hurt us. Forgiving is one of the most important thing Jesus taught us. Being forgiven is also a great lesson for us. In our final judgment it will be all about accepting God’s forgiveness.

On the net we want to look better than we are because we don’t accept that we are lovable with our weaknesses. We have learned to compete, to try to overcome every obstacle. It’s as if our value as a person is based on our achievements or victories or in what we do.

I have discovered someone that loves me, not beyond my flaws, but with them. I’ve felt His love and I’ve learned to let Him forgive me and love me. We can make a big effort to love someone but how hard is it to let the others love us? Especially when we see they’re aware of our “dark side.” The internet has taken from us the right to feel sad, the right to not be perfect. Even when we’re not feeling alright we “have” to put it in a funny way.

I have known people from all over the planet, personally and through the net, but I often feel like I don’t know them very well. There are, of course, exceptions. I think of a friend who lives in Vienna.  We talked face to face more than ten years ago, but the net has kept us close. These last months she has shared some difficult things about her life. That is a friend’s trust. That is using internet as a means, not as an end.

I’d like to invite you to be yourself on the net, to use the net as a means to truly connect with people. I’m not saying to open your life to everybody, but to let people into your real life. We know it’s impossible to have a million friends in real life, but we can choose some to be the closest ones. Even Jesus had James, John and Peter as His best friends.

 I open the invitation to choose someone from a different culture to be your friend you’ll see how enriching this can be. Thanks for reading it to the end, I just let my heart speak, I didn’t organized my thoughts. That’s what friends do right? If you liked this post please share it with your friends. Thanks.

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