The topic of “values” comes up frequently when coaching people and I have often listened to debate on whether today’s value system is as good as the “old one”. What needs to be considered are the changes that are occurring rapidly in society that have meant people’s ways of living have shifted and in many cases, ways of thinking. One thing for sure, our way of communicating has certainly changed.
We need community in order to establish a society that is supportive, fair and cares for each other. The more we can encourage face to face contact, the better, to prevent any growing isolation that ail inevitably lead to loneliness and depression. So let’s use technology to organise meetings and face to face contact, in this way, satisfying our need for personal relationships and some degree of “intimacy” in what can be a fast-paced and detached environment.
I was in Melbourne last week and saw on Saturday night the huge number of people who were out in groups, enjoying each others’ company – people of all ages, brought together by the shared interest of AFL. I really struck me how lucky that city is to have a bond like that and how healthy it was for the community. It made me feel that my solitary glass of wine and connection with my iPad really was second best!