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Sunday, 29 April 2012

the pope on being a christian in the digital world

photo from wikipedia

the full text is here but what struck me were his wise words on things to watch out for and on what being a christian in the digital world means

things to watch out for:

- one-sidedness of the interactions;

- only communicating part of your world;

- authenticity of your online image and avoiding enclosing yourself in a parallel existence; (yes I know!)

- being less present to those we physically encounter;

- distraction or lack of time given to reflect on choices and how we relate;

- using the power of the web to depersonalizes people, manipulate them emotionally or monopolize the opinions of others. 

being a christian in the digital world:

- communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others; 

- witnessing consistently in your own digital profile;

- communicating choices, preferences and judgements that are fully consistent with the Gospel;

- be aware that the truth which we long to share does not derive its worth from its popularity or from the amount of attention it receives. 

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