I wrote this post two years ago and decided today to curate it for the present. Admittedly, it went unnoticed when I published it in November of 2016.
If we should evaluate ourselves, we find the opportunity and the option to transform our “essence,” the makeup of what is we, into entities on the web, mostly owing to the avenue of social media. Turning our attention to this, we have a choice to do what we think of best, having the desire to appear “good” across it, accurately and clearly, for the consumption of the other and without the overt blurring of the truth
One excellent thing we can do for our peace of mind is to be sincere. When we have a connection between the self and the other, the most enduring way to nurture that bond is to be sincere.
When we brand ourselves on social when we engage across it, the biggest challenge we have is to be sincere. In the era of the Internet, when we are branding ourselves with our social media profiles and in our interactions with other Internet users, the most challenging thing we can do for ourselves is to practice sincerity on the world wide web.
The nature of the beast is to compete with all the other. It goes beyond keeping in touch with others and is more about being part of the race between humans to do things in the best way possible at the time.
Nothing mundane is thought of as particularly “share-worthy” on social. Instead, highlights of life are rendered on display and for consumption by the other, who is living a rival experience, part of the crowd, on social. The biggest challenge, both inside social and offline, is to muster sincerity.
It is most important when there are prevailing ties between you and the other, to permit authenticity, by consistently being sincere with those to who you are bound. Being human becomes its own reward when you project sincerity to those to who you devote time and to those to who you proffer care. The other, your friend, the stranger in the street, receives your sincerity graciously and this is a kindness.
You experience human relationships and interaction which are all nourishing in their own right. You have made the choice to be sincere with those you care about.
Social media is a specific example of having the opportunity to be insincere, with the aim of looking better than how the truth actually is. You want to chat up that girl at the bar so you tell her you’re an airline pilot. I am, however, personally making an effort to speak truly, so that if you are happening to read this, you can with better readiness, trust me a bit that I have your interests at heart.
We are most likely strangers, but I put it to you that I am God-fearing, humble and sincere. Social media is a ready alternative to living life for its own sake, and what you might term “social sincerity” is challenging to maintain but manageable. You have the opportunity to put yourself across the Internet with both sincerity and artful intent.
Today again I found I wanted very much a personal level to assert that I am sincere. I am grateful for the opportunity.
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