I truly enjoy the digital age we live in. Heck, I’m an IT Admin. A person can interact with people from other cultures, explore art and music, view amazing images, and stay informed through stories and research. I love all those things, and of course funny Grumpy Cat memes. What does bother me is that it can also draw one’s focus to areas where it wouldn’t normally be taken. For example: I may see a story about some kid being bullied a thousand miles from me. There’s all kinds of comments from people who are outraged and have plenty of advice to give. It’s easy to do under the guise of a bit of anonymity. I plead guilty myself on some occasions. Don’t get me wrong, I have sympathy for people going through tough times. However, I feel many people focus on stories such as these while completely overlooking problems right down the street from them. “Charity begins at home.” I don’t view that as a quote about giving money, which I guess it isn’t. It’s about charity of spirit, helping, giving support to those who need it within your actual sphere of influence. The following quote is another that not only refers to one’s own home, but the community in which we live. I wish more people followed it. I strive to myself, although it’s something I can always improve upon.
“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe