Saturday, October 31, 2015

Facebook: Observations & Surmisals


This is what I've learned from Facebook so far:  

  • No one ever falls off the edge of the earth.  
  • Caveat to the first observation: If you've been divorced, all of those people may have fallen off the edge of the earth.  Everyone else shows up on FB.
  • Elephants can paint.
  • Lions can love people.
  • Baby bats are super cute.  OMG, they're so cute.
  • Cats and horses can be close friends.
  • A baby elephant will cry for five hours if rejected by its mother.
  • A grown-up elephant orphan will bring its baby home to meet the humans who raised her.
  • Crows can count.  Crows can organize.  Crows are more thoughtful about sending thank-you notes than I am.
  • A whale that is rescued by humans will dance for them afterwards in gratitude.
  • Humans are  killed defending the rights of endangered animals.
  • Animals are more amazing than I ever imagined.
  • With a really big lens, it becomes obvious that bumblebees are as cute as baby bats.
  • With a really big lens, dragonflies appear to be heartbreakingly exquisite creatures.
  • With an iPhone, you can take good pictures of everything except yourself.  
  • Caveat: That appears to have been fixed with the iPhone 6.
  • More people remember me than I ever would have thought credible, and it makes my life seem (to me) much, much more meaningful.
  • The people I know whose childhoods were way more damaging and painful than mine can remember the good times from those days way better than I can.  And I think that they are heroic for that and should be an inspiration to the rest of us who tend to take everything for granted. 
  • The past  is not dead.  It will, eventually, make family of people who once hardly knew each other.  The fact that we were the same age in the same moment of history means that we know each other very well indeed.
  • Some people--most of them youthful--really don't give a rat's ass what they say on Facebook. To this I have two responses:  1. There but for the grace of God go I; and 2.  I still want a tattoo and don't have one.
  • Embers and flames can burn way longer than you'd think.
  • That early inkling that you would like someone if you had the chance to get to know them better?  It was true. 
  • Some things mean so much to us, are so essential to our core values and beliefs, that I can hardly bear to learn that someone I care about thinks very differently.  And then I have to decide what's more important.
  • Sometimes, I say things that I shouldn't.
  • Sometimes I don't say things that I should.
  • You have to decide how much you care about what people think. 
  • You have to decide what you're going to let people see.
  • You have to decide who you are.
  • When you see and hear things that you wish weren't happening in the world anywhere, ever,  you have to decide whether to continue to see it or not.  
  • You have to decide whether you should make other people see it or not.  
  • You have to decide how to respond to what you are seeing. 
  • The world is in worse shape than I thought.
  • The world is more amazing than I thought.
  • The system is more corrupt and racist than I thought.
  • The human spirit is stronger than I would have thought.
  • My life is a tapestry.  I see myself as a member of society in a way that does not feel abstract.   
  • I can see who is liking who or what on FB.  I can see when you were there last, and if you're there now.  I don't think I should know this about you.  I don't think you should know this about me, either.      
  • I am alarmed by some of the advertising selections that seem to suggest that Big Brother has been reading my personal correspondence. 
  • I have heard that privacy is dead.  I am still trying to decide whether I think that price is too high or not.  





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