This was originally posted last year, but it’s on my mind again today… Reading a “secular” textbook this morning about the roots of Americans’ tendency to define themselves by the work they do and came across this: “Calvin’s doctrine of predestination led his followers [to view] success in work…as a visible sign that one was […]
Twitter is pretty grim tonight. Breaking news about the evacuation of Times Square due to what appears to be a car bomb, floods in Tennessee with the potential for more inclement weather and a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with potential to be the worst environmental disaster in US history.
What was the appropriate response to the fear, suffering or loss of “friends” I have only met online?
What about strangers?
Is tweeting and retweeting these stories helpful to anyone, or is is just something we do to commiserate in the face of fear and sadness?
Is watching videos of swelled rivers and evacuated cities becoming part of our coping mechanism?