Before technological advances spoiled average citizens, Main Street was the heart of America. Whether you parked at one of the meters, rode a bike or took a stroll through town, each day was a social event. Weekly visits allowed individuals to put names with faces as friendships developed. Grocery, hardware and repair shops enabled strangers to get to know the workers behind the bins.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, Proverbs 18:24.
Today, center cities, main streets and town halls are slowly fading away. As more stores close, online orders are replacing the typical shopping experience. Sure, mega malls still serve as a place to go on a cold, hot or rainy day, but this decay of socialization is ruining conversational skills. If you don’t believe me, just watch young people interact in a public setting, unable to take their eyes off of cell phones.
As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man, Proverbs 27:19.
Although it’s nearly impossible to go backwards in time technologically speaking, there must be something people can do to reconnect. Facebook does provide old friends a new way to touch base, but unless you take the time call someone on the phone, instant messages are superficial. Beside the Bible, there are two books that I recommend which if applied can help you rediscover relationships. How to Win Friends and Influence People and Bringing Out the Best in People can awaken the art of conversation by helping you get to know the people behind the bins.
by Jay Mankus