In these days of E-Mail, Newsgroups, Chat-rooms, etc. we are redefining the ways we communicate with family, friends and people we are meeting for the first time. The introduction to new people which used to take place at the office or over lunch is now expanding to include new avenues of interaction. The physical aspects of human beings is starting to become secondary to their mental thoughts and expressions. What is more important….how we feel and what we think, or what we look like and what clothes we wear? The answer is obvious, but look how in the past many people have been judged. Today when you go online to interact with people do you ask yourself, what color is this person I’m communicating with, what religion are they, what race are they, how tall are they? Probably not. In fact, a majority of the time we don’t even know where the person lives, or sometimes whether they are male or female. This opens up a whole new way of looking at communicating with people throughout the world. The human family truly is starting to become smaller. In the past, the telephone was the way to communicate voice to voice, but in most cases you knew where and whom you were calling, what contry they lived in, etc. These days when you go online who really knows where anyone lives? Although video transmissions through computers are available in most cases, the video portion is optional. The point I’m trying to make here is pre-conceived notions can be kept to a minimum. Most of us, when we see someone walking towards us, form an opinion even before we speak to them, based on their physical appearance alone. If the Internet form of communication is let continue, we may have the tool to change the way we look at and understand each other….wouldn’t it be wonderful if perhaps through this form of technology we could reach each other without age-old barriers…..
Take the time to love,
Â© 1997 Jennifer Avalon