After I started the Life Is A Teacher blog, I began to dibble and dabble in social media. Though I have accounts on Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram, I am most active on Facebook.
Please ‘Friend’, a brother with a loving heart, and lots of friends. I promise to call things as I see them while maintaining a commitment to Self-Empowerment, Love, Peace, and Spirit.
Though my posts in the social media world, and on the blog cover events and discernment that I evolved into through my life experiences, I attempt to extract the wisdom and virtue of those experiences and share them with you. I do my best to make the virtue of each post generic, but usually, have to personalize them with details of my life to make the messages vivid and relatable.
I hope that focusing so much on my life is not annoying, but this is what my blog and coming books are about. …my interpretation of life.
This is not an easy task for I must ‘put myself out there’ for literally the world to judge. I am not trying to present myself with such bravery and as solely contributing with humanitarian efforts and intentions. I benefit greatly from my posts.
I am gaining ‘my voice’ in writing through this process. I may one day get to the point of being typo-free. I am becoming increasingly more enlightened, especially since my posts require tremendous research and open me up to other cultures, religions, health regiments, and political opinions. This has to be where I draw the greatest benefit from my efforts.
I celebrate who I am and evaluate myself (at the depths of my soul) relative to the messages that I convey, as well as, in relation to the opinion of others.
This is what I mean by the phrase, ‘Who I’m Not Tells Who I am’, and ‘Life Is A Teacher’. Reviewing my life experiences and that of others as a gauge to reflect and find the man that I am has virtually elevated an already elevated vibration.
I don’t see social media as all bad. There are clearly negative aspects of social media including:
- It’s time-consuming nature
- Deception, Fake News, and Fake Profiles rampant, if not selective
- It can agitate one’s emotions. It can cause you to put too much emotion into likes, shares, and the images you present to others
- Putin and Russia laden too
But guess what, dudes and dudettes? Such is life. Everything in media, print, and entertainment are trying to provoke your emotions. Get over it. Trump’s a master at it. This too is our new paradigm.
“Social media are a catalyst for the advancement of everyone’s rights. It’s where we’re reminded that we’re all human and all equal. It’s where people can find and fight for a cause, global or local, popular or specialized, even when there are hundreds of miles between them.” – Queen Rania of Jordan
All media is full of these things. Life is full of these negativities and we have somehow been able to rise above the bullshit. I do cuss sometimes in my sermons, posts and speeches. But, I cussing for the glory of God.
The difference between life, broadcast media, and social media is that you get to pick your friends and pick your viewpoints by the people that you select as friends on social networks.
If you work to maintain your friend lists and carefully review profiles and posts before ‘accepting’, then you could create a virtual world with like-minded inhabitants. We’ve never had anything like this before at our fingertips! This valuable tool can help inspire you, develop your voice, refine who believe you are, and give you access to a very eclectically created world of your own that spans the globe. Now, how about that!
Using social media effectively is all on you, though. If you become addicted, tricked, catfished, shamed or insecure by using social media, the onus is on you to address these aspects of your life that social media identified and highlighted.
I embrace social media for the following reasons:
- I can’t fight the universe and expect to win, and if I could, the battle would be exhausting. Social media is going nowhere. Friends, family, acquaintances, nonprofits, news channels, churches, and businesses are reverting to social media as a way to more directly reach others. I found a friend of over 30 years ago in Paris and was elated that I could find him. I didn’t have to go to Paris either. Even presidents and politicians now embrace what at first, they thought was not professional.
- I am learning a lot about spirituality, politics, the environmental crisis, science, entertainment, opposing views, and myself.
- Social media networks have great potential to effecting change to make our world a better place
- Social media is free. It gives everyday people access to media, social media.
- It allows the older generation (myself) to educate and pass wisdom to the younger generation, just as we used to do historically. Social media does not have to become the demise of one-on-one communication. It facilitates personal and mass communication but in a more sophisticated paradigm.
- It can force you to embrace who you are.
“You can either allow social media to be helpful for you or it can be harmful. I like to let it be helpful.” – Ciara
In less than 6 months, I have generated about 4000 friends and followers. In another year, I project 20,000. Now how can you argue with an ‘ordinary guy’ getting such an unlimited platform to illuminate love? Otherwise, I would just be an old fart to many. I sometimes damn near feel like a celebrity, when in actuality, I am closer to being ‘a nobody’.
On social media, you must be protective of your identity, though. Don’t take that lightly. As a precaution, I suggest changing passwords regularly, and not revealing too much of your personal details, such as place of employment or phone number. I suggest further that you develop an avatar of yourself, with a name other than your birth name.
Otherwise, try to embrace social media. Let’s change the world together. Let’s make your friends, my friends and create a mega-network of friends.
“The PC has improved the world in just about every area you can think of. Amazing developments in communications, collaboration, and efficiencies. New kinds of entertainment and social media. Access to information and the ability to give a voice people who would never have been heard.” – Bill Gates
I am going to demonstrate how enlightening social media can be if you give it chance. I am also going to have a little fun with this exercise.
You may not realize it, but as you are reading these words, you have just entered The Nondenominational Holy Church of Facebook. Welcome congregants! Show your neighbor some love.
In this church, we accept loving, inspiring, and enlightening messages from all perspectives, all religions. Here at The Nondenominational Holy Church of Facebook, we aim to make our world better by building sermons around memes.
Today, my brothers and sisters, I want to talk about how I found myself and God on Facebook, simply by reading memes. I know that this might sound strange to you, but trust me when I tell you, God’s divinity exudes through FB, if you are receptive to it and looking for it!
My friends have sent me several posts and memes that support and enhance my spiritual beliefs. It seems that some friends are most definitely honorable Children of God because we resonate with each other, often delivering the same messages. They also happen to send memes that bring light to my situation, just when I need it.
Today, my brothers and sisters, we are going to discuss Reverend Kevy Michaels’ favorite sermons, in few-word memes, delivered more accurately than a church preacher ever could.
Memes serve as our religious text. They draw wisdom and spirit from all books, including:
- Four Valleys – Baha’i faith
- Buddhism- The Tipitaka
- Christianity -The Bible
- Hinduism – The Vedas and The Upanishads
- Islam – The Quran and The Hadiths
- Jainism – The Agamas
- Judaism – The Tanakh and The Talmud
- Shintoism – The Kojiki
- Sikhism – The Guru Granth Sahib
- Taoism – The Dao De Jing
At our church, we embrace everyone’s right to embrace the God(s) of their understanding. Reverend Kevy Michaels will never dictate another person’s God. To deprive our congregants of God, as they understand him or her, would be blasphemy.
Here at The Nondenominational Holy Church of Facebook, there is no collection plate. ‘Praise the Lord!’
But we do, however, expect you to contribute love donations in the form of inspirational messages to other congregants, in social media, and on ‘The Rev’s’ blog.
So, let’s begin delivering our messages for today in a way that it is received in today’s social media world.
Brothers and Sisters, ya know, Reverend Kevy don’t like no long sermons.
So, we are going do things differently today, and trust me, you will leave more enlightened with wisdom to carry you through the holidays and the rest of the week.
Please repeat each of the divine messages below out loud. Then turn to your neighbor on your right, then on your left, and proclaim it! If you have no neighbors next to you Share and Like instead.
Congregation let’s begin with our messages for today.
Reverend Kevy’s Meme Scriptures
“Just as everything else works today, as not to be distracted, social media requires self-love, self-discipline and self-discretion. Once you have a handle on these virtues you are good to go and are armed to remold the world!” – Kevy Michaels
‘The Rev’ presents to you varying views on social media now that I have finished my sermon. Be sure to post your meme scriptures during the week before the next service, let me know if you need to fellowship before the next sermon.
Congregation, if you wish to post a full sermon on ‘the rev’s’ blog, you may contact me at: email@example.com or comment on today’s sermon.
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