Some might say that social media and the Internet—our constant connectivity—makes life harder on us then it used to be a century, or even a decade, ago. But I'd like to think that knowing more and seeing more, allows for us to understand each other better. Admittedly, it might bring to light some unattractive human flaws, but I also think it invites an opportunity for openness, empathy, knowledge, and even love. If we let it.
I don't know about you, but I'm glad God put the apple in the garden. I'm grateful he allowed us to make a choice. I'm thankful he invited us to be humans who live with personal challenges. I think that the experience of falling for temptation invited us into a life where we could learn to make the right choices and not just avoid the wrong ones. I think that our digital culture emphasizes that we all live different lives, and it highlights that we are members of communities where everyone is not like us and where everyone does not have similar life experiences. But I also think that at the root of it all, is a practice of self-control; learning to control our hearts and minds, and learning to practice love (even if it is just through a screen). I hope that our generation will look back on the digital revolution as a season that brought us together. And then maybe one day we'll see people's lives play out in person or online and we'll be inspired by their success and happiness. And we will feel nothing less then that.