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It is easy to become enamored with new ways of thinking and doing things, and especially new tools. Yet, until we try them on, we won't know if they work for us -- so we must.

Did we really pay attention to our neighbors more before? Some of us probably did, others did not. And it's possible that that very same nature is carried over online.

Nonetheless, caring and doing good should not go out of fashion at any point in time. The answer, as with most things in life, I suspect lies somewhere in between.

My saying is: The internet has been great for global communities and learning from great thinkers, however the consequences have been we have forgotten about our neighbours.

It's a shame, however I do believe there will be a greater balance in the future between on and offline relationships.

Thank you for taking the time to introduce your thinking, Trish. What I have seen so far of your blog is very inspirational, I'll be back.

I am a bit torn about involvement via social media. On one hand I recognize that, as you say here, there are many opportunities to join in from miles away. On the other, I do wonder if the insulation of the online medium is perhaps giving many reasons not to mobilize more locally, in the in person community.

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