|By Vera Kratochvil [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
I don't care what you do or who you are in this life, but what I do care about is how you treat others throughout it. Sure, it matters what we do and that we have goals, but if we treat others poorly along the way, I must wonder, how fulfilling are those goals that we achieve anyhow?
How full is a life without love or respect for others?
It starts at birth.
An article published by dailymail.co.uk explained that a mother's presence helps nourish a baby's brain cells. That article can be found here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2697589/Nurture-nature-Loving-mothers-boost-babys-intelligence-stimulating-growth-brain-cells-study-claims.html
This article also tells that almost as soon as a child is born, that child is naturally inclined to develop natural attachments to it's mother.
Professor Regina Sullivan of New York University told thedailymail.co.uk that her research showed how, in mammals, "the mother's sensory stimulation helps sculpt and mold the infant's growing brain." As a result, the infant is exposed to positive mothering and is prone to define the role of 'nurturer' early on in their life. *http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2697589/Nurture-nature-Loving-mothers-boost-babys-intelligence-stimulating-growth-brain-cells-study-claims.html
Surely, we're not all mothers. I have to wonder, despite this fact, if it's true we should all attempt to take on a motherly type of role in our lives.
My mother has never cared about a computer. I'd like to credit her with a "God Bless You" for this, and not because she sneezed.
Rarely do I see interaction among people anymore. (If you count social media, you might be mistaken.) Yes, social media is interacting- in a way, but lately, I have found it to be a cold form of interaction among people.
More often than not, I would rather recieve a smile than a selfie via Snapchat. I would rather have a conversation face-to-face than Facebook-to-Facebook. I would rather feel the warmth of someone's hand than see their breathe while Skyping them on a cold Wisconsin evening in the midst of October.
Our technology is wonderful, and yes, sometimes helpful and necessary. It helps us maintain connections, but I think that somewhere along the way we forgot how to connect face-to-face, when we actually have the opportunity to do so. We have the opportunity presented to us everyday. We forget to look.
We've stopped using email or Facebook to connect with our friends from across the world, and instead, interact with our neighbors down the hall or roommate who's literally a wall away from you and a face-to-face conversation. It might not feel or seem shameful to engage in this sort of behavior, but it is a detriment to our well beings.
I wonder, often, at the end of our lives, what statistics will procure as a result of our habits:
"Generation X spent X amount of time on the internet, compared to their predecessors who spent X among of time on the internet."
(Can you see the sickening headline yet? [When's the last time you took a walk with someone through a park?])
You could argue our access and reasons for that access, is greater, and you'd be right, but I can also argue that our responsibility is too. (I hope I'd be right.)