“In this age of omniconnectedness, words like ‘network,’ ‘community’ and even ‘friends’ no longer mean what they used to. Networks don’t exist on LinkedIn. A community is not something that happens on a blog or on Twitter. And a friend is more than someone whose online status you check.”Simon Sinek
Social distancing is a term that has gained significant popularity as a result of the COVID-19 disturbance. The term is used to imply staying away from each other in order to prevent the spread of the virus in hopes of flattening the curve to avoid overtaxing our healthcare systems and hopefully minimizing the death toll.
I really think they should have used physical distancing instead of social distancing. Physical distancing implies physical separation. Social distancing implies social separation.
We were made for community (even if you are an introvert), and social separation points towards a breakdown of community.
We live in a time when social distancing is not completely necessary. While I long for a return to face-to-face interactions, I’m grateful I can attend my church on-line. My Rotary club continues to meet weekly thanks to the wonders of Zoom. And I continue to meet with business colleagues over the phone and other meeting software applications.
We still need to connect. We still need human interaction. We still need community.
Until further notice, connect with others!
Prayer: Help us be intentional when it comes to connecting with others. Thank you for making us for community.
Ponder & Discuss: How are you connecting with others while you’re maintaining your physical distance? (Please share your thoughts in the comments below.)
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)