But the Internet is also the most incredible medium humans have ever had to tell stories and to be heard.
Storytelling is how we learn, how we understand, and how we connect.
For all the evils the online world may harbor (it is just an amplification of life), the Internet can rip away facades and loneliness and allow people to find each other, to heal each other, and to teach each other.
More than five million people have already met thirteen-year-old Jonah Mowry, have heard his story and seen his tears. Hundreds of thousands of people have cried with him, have been reminded (or learned) how horrific bullying and loneliness can be, and have become more empathetic, evolved human beings…
Yes, of course, there have been thousands of haters to hurl their nastiness at him as well. I think YouTube has to have the cruelest trolls on the Internet. But those attempts to bring down Jonah can’t begin to touch the good he has done.
I am so grateful I am raising my children now, in this age.
Sure, it may seem like the world is more corrupt at times, but I don’t believe it is. Humans will always hurt one another. This world will always include evil and pain.
BUT, to me the greatest defense against evil is compassion. When we can connect with each other, feel each others pain, hear each others stories, we will begin to hurt each other less.
Today, more and more gay youth have a chance to reach out and tell someone they are gay, they have a chance to find empathy, support, and safety. By using social media, people can fight ignorance by the simple acts of telling and listening.
Do you feel the “Good” of the Internet outweighs the “Bad.” Will you show your children Jonah Mowry’s YouTube video?
(Thanks to Vera for posting Jonah Mowry’s video on her blog, Lady and the Blog.)
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