A lot of people say they don’t care about being known and accepted by other people, but I don’t buy it. If you look at the amount of time most people spend pitching themselves in the digital and real landscape, you see something that communicates the opposite: that people, deep down, really desire to be known and accepted for who they are.
Of course, this existential reality works itself out in different ways in different lives. Some might take the super social approach while others will take the super misanthropic approach. But every decision we make and action we take in both the digital and real landscape is, to some effect, an articulation of our attempts to be known by and connected to someone or something.
Really, this is a natural condition of being created by a God that is wholly other. We’re human, which means we long to come into contact with that which is other than us, and experience something; whether that's love, acceptance, transformation, challenge, encouragement, an embrace, a good word, etcetera, etcetera.
I think that’s why the digital landscape has travelled into such social centric modes of being and interaction: because people are searching for various kinds of others, and in that process, candidating for attention, affirmation, connection, affection, and perhaps even completion!
It’s scary to think that this is why most of us do what we do in the digital landscape, but there’s nevertheless truth that the notion that many of us striving to be known both on and offline in very cloudy and perhaps self harming ways.
But everything we’re secretly or not so secretly looking for isn’t online or offline. It’s found in only one place, and we don’t need an internet or social connection to get there. We just need to be open enough to look up and say: “God… are you listening?”