Making the World
A Good Home for All
Even the Smallest Ripper Moves the Ocean
It Takes Only One to Make the Difference
How to social network with an open mind?
It's important, not only to keep up with the world, but also to have an understanding and being able to adjust,
adapt and enhance, in order to belong while maximizing the benefit.
So, the world isn't anymore what people in my generation grew up knowing. We now open ourselves up to outsiders. This lets us leave
some of the social etiquette that we were taught by our well-mannered and proper parents right at the base of our desktops and
laptops. We have become bold and speak our minds: not in face-to-face situations, but in cyberspace, where there's no "real" person to
remind us of our good consciences. Because we're typing away at this blank space it is NOT interactive, and therefore we do not have a
sounding board -a "real" person- with whom we interact. This prompts us to cross the line of good manners and, sometimes, become
heartlessly unkind to fellow human beings.
If you normally think before you speak to your friends and colleagues, please continue to do so in your Internet social activities. Be even
more careful when it comes to choosing your words, since written statements can be interpreted in so many ways depending upon the
environment and the mood of the person who does the reading. We don't want to hurt people, either intentionally and non-intentionally,
do we? Most of all, though, we do not wish to be misunderstood.
I am not an advocate for social network "accidental" misbehavior. But my top concern is for those of us who are affected easily by others'
status updates and comments that look and sound not-so-nice, or even downright mean and nasty. Therefore, I'd like to discuss how to
social network with an open-mind.
When you see a comment and/or status that you don't find tasteful, civil, or civilized, etc , you should move away from it. Do not read
deeply into it. Hopefully, the person who owns such a statement happens to be in her/his moment and will soon leave the state which
makes her/him unpleasant. Don't even react to it.
This goes both ways: you should never splash anyone, and, never, ever, ever mention their name in a negative way.
When a friend -not necessarily in real life, but a stranger whom you accepted and agreed to join each other's network- makes a comment
directly to you -either out of the blue or in response to our status- that you find "strong," "sour," confrontational, or anything else in any
way that you believe is out-of-line, you may:
a) like (I am not kidding here - most of the time the like button temporarily gets them out of
c) drop the person
d) block the person.
Whichever choice you make, make sure that it's from a gut feeling.
Trust yourself and your own judgement. Then, move on -guilt-free.
We are an American father who has lived many years in Thailand, a Thai mother who has lived many years in the United States,
and four children- the eldest born in America- who spent the first parts of their lives in Thailand and then moved to the USA.
This multiculturalism provides a unique perspective and affords each of us the opportunity to approach things from new directions.
We follow our hearts wherever they take us. We also believe in sharing. If another is enriched then so, too, are we,
for the betterment of one is the betterment of us all. We share our ideas, thoughts, knowledge and opinions with the hope
that others will find value in them, as well as in the hope that they will pay it forward to make the world a continually better place.