Social Media and Optimism for OT
The potential of OT through social media
What are we doing with the potential we have, with the imagination, the creativity, the consciousness, the complexification of people thinking together and acting together. What is all this aiming for?
I have historically been a social media curmudgeon. My attitude being "I do no need another time-suck or distractor in my life, I have TV shows." I know this is a strange problem for a blogger to have, but I tend to vacillate between believing in the value of social media and being discouraged by the potential downsides. Only after starting this blog have I begun to dabble in the worlds of Twitter, Pinterest, etc and I have found myself needing to more actively confront the question of whether these are truly a worthwhile endeavor as an OT practitioner and simply as an individual.
I recently listened to by a podcast from "On Being" about Teilhard de Chardin's Planetary Mind. Chardin was a Jesuit priest, born in 1855 (obviously completely predating the internet). He was a forward thinker and dreamer who predicted that our global consciousness would keep evolving and our communication would intensify; things that are seemingly coming true with the web. He is called by some the patron saint of the internet :-) Chardin was also an optimist. He believed that intensified communication and global consciousness would be a good thing. In fact, he believed that this interconnected cosmic consciousness would some how manifest the body of Christ himself. Christians have always believed that Christ is incarnate in the world around us, but Christ incarnate in our global communication is pretty mind-bloggling. (Yes, most of his books were banned during his lifetime, but he remains a widely read and popular Christian thinker.)
All this to say, if a Jesuit priest born in the 1800s could be so optimistic about global communication, I think I can step it up a little. And this optimism should apply even to OT and social media. It is amazing that practitioners from across the world can interact in ways that were previously unimaginable. I love the above question posed by the podcast. I've begun thinking of it as the new mantra for this blog.