Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Together But Apart

I see the StarShine students on the campus, in twos and threes, or a group all talking and laughing. When I see them I remember the joy of walking and talking and laughing together with friends.
“Good friends are good for your health.”
Yesterday, I was out driving and spied three kids walking together, but with space between them. One was playing a guitar, another staring stonily ahead, and the third as in a dream world. They were oblivious to those around them and to each other. They were obviously together, but just as obviously apart.
I worry about young people today. They often seem isolated even when in a group. With texting so popular, I fear the art of conversation is being lost. I can’t believe that receiving a text from a friend that says, “Was up?” can replace an actual conversation between two people.
At least I fervently hope not.
“No man is the whole of himself. His friends are the rest of him.”
By Lois Jamieson
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