Friday, August 7, 2009

What Good Is Facebook

People like to blog about what facebook, twitter, or other social media applications are good for.

They are all wrong. Actually many people have good ideas about how to use social media, but it is typically from there own perspective. Don't take anyone's word for the purpose behind it and how to use it. Jump in any find your own purpose.

I use facebook and twitter to tune into ideas from many other individuals around the world as well as to promote sharing of ideas between various cultures and groups. It is past time that we move beyond tribalism and treat everyone on the planet as members of our own group. Being in touch with many people from various backgrounds is the best way to overcome our cultural biases.

Very seldom do I refuse a facebook request to become friends. Learning to share ideas and get along with everyone supersedes any fear of being exploited.

As well as the many friends I have met online, and never will meet in person, there is also many people who I first met online and later met in person. For me social media is not about keeping track of my friends and relatives, but is about interacting with many people around the world as well as making new friends.

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

The Serenity Prayer is a good nugget of wisdom, but there is a major problem with the first line.

In the first line you are asking for outside help, but this is not something that can come from outside, this is something you much teach yourself. By asking God to grant your wish, you are distracting your thinking away from where the real solution lies. Serenity is a state of mind which you must program into your mind through hard work, often taking many years of constantly refocusing your thinking.

This is why I like Buddhist teachings, it is all about familiarizing your self with your mind, and how to refocus your thinking to achieve serenity.

Stop asking and get to work.