|July 5, 2012||Posted by Issa under Counter/Culture|
I have returned home from the Rainbow Gathering.
Re-entry from these kinds of things is always tough.
I had an… interesting time. Maybe even life-changing, although certainly not in any ways I could have expected. I may have a lot more to say about the Rainbow Family later on after more processing, but for now let me just say that I’m glad I went and I’m glad I’m home.
I think I’m having a mid-life crisis. It’s been happening since Dylan was born, but I think this week was the peak. I’ve got a lot of questions about who I am, where I fit, where I’m going, what I want. Since I’m not a teenager, it must be a mid-life crisis. It involves a lot of thinking. And angst.
Two things weigh heavily on my mind as I contemplate the contrasts between my experience at the Rainbow Gathering and my experience in my day-to-day life. One is the meaning of community and one is the role of the online world. I’d love to hear your ideas and add them to my swirling thoughts.
What does community mean to you? Do you belong to a community? Do you have a group of people that you belong to, and with? People that you can call “my people”? How do you know that you are one of them, and how do they know that you are one of them? What role do these people play in your daily life?
What role does online stuff play in your daily life? How much time do you spend online? How much time/energy do you spend on social media? To what extent are your social media efforts about enriching in-person relationships versus primarily online relationships? Any other thoughts about social media or the online world?