Apr 11, 2009

Blog It, or Save It for Post Secret?

Post-Secret. Too gauche? Or is it the ultimate cyber-therapy? A little post card mailed to the unknown in hopes of seeing it online, and thus feel one's troubles alleviated by the validation of anonymous strangers who don't judge; one's sins excused by anonymous sinners or reveled in by tacit approval: publication.

But does it help?

I think it helps the narcissist to see themselves "out there" else why do we blog? But mostly, I think it's emotional voyeurism for the rest of us. Soap Operas writ small for the Twitter Set.

There's only so much drama and personal interaction we can sustain in this fast-paced society. Even your own family will proffer all sorts of squishy sentiments and offers of help, but in the end, it's a bit of soft-soap. If your troubles are large enough, they'll all back away, smiling, offering to pray for you.

Maybe the reduction to prayer is the real Secret.



julie said...

I think you've described it fairly well. Sometimes, the secrets are lovely little vignettes of goodness and happiness, but mostly they tend toward the miserable little (or sometimes big) parasites that lurk in the corners of lost and lonely souls. A light is shone on them, by the approval of the unknown masses, but one suspects it's usually not the light of truth to sear away that which is wrong, but rather the dark light of prurient mob approval, a dank phosphorescence that lures the unwary deeper into the ravening maw, ever hungry and ever waiting to be fed with new perversions, new monstrosities, new distortions, shocks and thrills...

It has an unlimited capacity, that darkness.

For real healing, perhaps it's better to send secret hurts to those who pray, instead of to those watch. I guess that never occurs to a lot of people, though. In this day and age, understanding of prayer seems to be in short supply.