Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bad Moon

“I see a bad moon rising.
I see trouble on the way.”

This past week we witnessed the closest pass of the full moon since 1948; the closest we will see again until 2034.

Did you see it? It was amazing, wasn’t it?

Well. In person anyway.

In an age where everyone carries a camera around in their pocket and things don’t “count” unless documented, we also saw a grunt-load of moon pictures the next day. Terrible, out of focus ones. Really good, well-framed ones. And they were all just pictures of the moon. Pictures we’ve seen before. The moon that close—most of us never had.

Sometimes—most of the time—life on social media just doesn’t measure up to the real thing. To be sure, it can enhance life. It can help us stay connected to the people in our real life. But it can’t replace the real thing. And, when we let it, bad things result.

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