New Year's Resolution: Making 'My Space' 'Our Space'
By: Ted Nesi, Wheaton College
January 3, 2007 12:10 PM
There are many worthwhile resolutions Generation Next could make for 2007, from losing weight to saving money to driving less.
But there is one thing all of us can and should do in the New Year: get engaged. Not to your current love interest -- though congratulations if you do that -- but rather with the world around you.
It's never been easier to make connections than it is today, yet more and more we're isolated in our own insular bubbles. Society is becoming centered on the idea of "my space" -- our growing ability to tailor every detail of our world to our personal preferences, leaving out whatever we find dull, dry, or depressing. (Time Magazine even named "You" its 2006 Person of the Year.)
But in the meantime, "our space" -- those things we must share, from our towns to our planet -- receives our attention less and less, despite needing it more than ever. Not only are we all bowling alone; we never even leave the alley.
Luckily, this is an easy thing to change. Start by following the news. The greatest newspapers in the world are published free online every day. You can watch the whole nightly news without commercials on your iPod. And that's just the start.
Perhaps hearing a story will convince you to vote, or volunteer in your community, or join the Peace Corps; that's your decision. But at least pay attention. Knowing is the first step toward doing.