The brain is utterly fascinating organ within the human body. Working much like a super computer, it controls your memory, motor functions, thoughts, memories, etc. It never ceases to stop working. Modern advancements in neurological studies have been shown that even when you are sleeping in class, daydreaming about how much fun you and your boo are going to have tonight, and even half listening to the person that will never stop talking and continues to ramble on and on (bless their hearts), that your brain never stops working. It’s like the energy bunny, it keeps on going and going and going. This is just the basics. Don’t even get me started on the medulla oblongata, super fun to say. You can thank Adam Sandler for that one.
Yet, many of us today allow technology to ruin the greatest technology that is within our heads. Thinking has become a foreign concept to our culture. We allow other things and or objects to think for us. It just takes too much work, and there are many other important things to do. Now, no need to fear, this is not going to be another pessimistic bash on how social media has ruined the world, we have enough of that being said already. This is not what I want to discuss, my goal here is to do one thing: to get you to think about thinking. Or a short but sweet little catch phrase would be: THINK BEFORE YOU POST. Consider this scenario:
It has been an extremely long day at work, you come home from another restless day in the office, or construction sight, or whatever you do vocationally, and your husband/wife comes up to you asking for your help. Your natural reaction is to resort to how you feel in that moment. You feel drained, both mentally and physically. You have been putting in long hours this week, and you would enjoy just a few minutes to rest. After responding to your spouse, you speak what you feel. “I would love to, but I have been working a lot this week.” or “Honey, I am so drained, long week of work.” Now after you would be sleeping on the couch that night and awaiting a sore back the next day, thinking prior to speaking would have saved you a lot of trouble. IF you thought before you spoke, you would have realized that if someone you love is asking your help, that means that the other individual is lacking either the time, recourses, strength, or knowledge of how to accomplish something, therefore seeking the assistance of someone who is capable of such a task. Thinking before you speak, that would help in a whole lot of marital issues.
Now, in regard to social media, we all desire a place to belong, a place for people to accept us for us. That is the natural desire of human beings. Yet, we can often times neglect the whole purpose of social media, and get caught up in our own little worlds. For example, i’m sure you have seen that one Facebook comment that causes a giant unnecessary uproar over one ill advised comment that could have been easily avoided. Think before you post. If you saw one of your friends getting beat up by someone twice his size, you would do something about it, either you would call for help, or get the bigger person off of your friend. Yet, the enemy of indifference when it comes to cyber bullying has gone on way too long. It’s time we speak up and use whatever platform our voices carry to do something about it. Words matter. Words have weight. If you would think before you post, then it would save many people from having suicidal thoughts, or even depression. They even made a new scary movie about the severity of cyber bullying. That has to say something about our culture. Thinking solves many issues.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said this about thinking: “Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put ones thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” Agreed. Now, how can we do this? If you are like many of the guilty party (myself included) how can this thought impact the way we do social media? How can we think before we post?
1. Work out your mind. Much like we work out daily, or lack thereof, there is a vital level of discipline that is involved when you are training. It’s strenuous, hard work, sometimes even painful. Yet, we do so for the health of our body. Same can be said about your mind. One way to work out your mind is to journal. Place your thoughts on a paper and pen. We live in such a digital age, that everything is a computer because its more convenient, faster, and more efficient. Writing takes too much work, and is slow. Journaling forces you to slow down and allow your thoughts to be expressed in a concise, clear, and healthy way. Read. Reading allows you to engage the thoughts of those who have already thought thoughts prior to your thoughts being established. Crazy I know. Reading allows you to engage your mind to visualize, conceptualize, and train your brain to think. You are more prone to think before you post if you do this.
2. Talk to yourself. We do this all the time, and not in the schizophrenic way, I mean allow your brain to ask yourself questions. You do it from the time you get up to the time you go to bed. “Do I want to get up, or sleep in until the latest point possible? Do I want to go to in n out, or subway? Should I do homework or net flix just one show of walking dead?” Ask yourself the simple question: “Would this be wise of me to post this? How might others interpret this? Why do I even want to post this? Is it because i’m bored and just want someone to talk with?” Asking yourself these questions and talking with yourself will save you much hassle.
3. Connect with a community. Have someone or a group of you hold one another accountable. Have people asking you those questions, willing to call you out and say those things that you do not want to hear in the moment. Hearing a different perspective is always healthy. We were not meant to live life in isolation, but in community. Connect with someone whom you look up to, that you can be authentic with one another, and
What would it look like if we thought about things before you post? Things would look much different. It all begins with one step. This is not rocket science, it’s simply using the thing that God has given you. Most important of all, think thoughts that will stretch you. Think thoughts about God. Who is he? Why are there so many people that say there is a God who loves? How can finite associate with infinite? How can there be a God if there is so many bad things that occur in the world? This is the primary and healthy way things should be, to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our MIND and all your strength (Deut 6:4-6, Mk. 12:30). Use it, think, and then post. This sounds overly complicated, but simply asking yourself one question will save you much trouble if we would simply think before we post.