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Sharing as a human value

Social media has ushered a new revolution in ‘sharing’. Harmless profile pictures and travel photos overtime gave way to posting baby showers, first day at school, graduation ceremony, changing jobs, break-ups, cuddling with pets, growing exotic greens in the kitchen garden and what not! Never in the history of mankind has there been such an urge to share details (Read even personal details).

If pictures have a way to either annoy or enthrall, WhatsApp forwards of all kind blind people and raise questions on the credibility of information. What is more! People share these questionable forwards with great haste including the ubiquitous ‘Good morning’
message without minding the time zone.

These carefully constructed malicious messages are shared with such zest that one can begin to question the very meaning of ‘sharing’. While it may satisfy the ‘attention needs’ for many, it can also lead one into a myopic world of superficial sharing at the cost of defeating the importance of true sharing. And this indulgence is largely in the adult world. If adults change the credibility of sharing as a human value, how can we impart the value of sharing in children?

How do we teach them what is worth sharing and why sharing is important? At one level,
sharing has an emotional value and at another level, it has a learning value. When we share, we feel relieved or learn a new lesson.

If parents create the right environment for children to share their fears or mistakes, they
never need to worry about losing them to bad choices or wrong friends. If teachers ensure open climate for students to share their weak points, much more can be achieved in student progress.

To ensure these values are imparted to children, adults need to reflect on what sharing means, how it helps, what can be shared and what should be confidential. With whom to share and what can be shared are some of the points which can be carefully thought over. Those who are confiding and those who are confidants, both should have trust and integrity while sharing.

Many lose friends, jobs or respect only because they become victims of their own sharing. Firstly, adults need to become aware on the boundaries and limits on what to share and to whom. With easy access to known and unknown people and each platform provoking people to share and increasing trend in sharing as a loosely used trait, it is high time that we look at lessons on ‘sharing’ as a value to build human relationships.

Sharing as a human interaction can add value to human existence and relationships and might help in making a better world. When Arjun shared his trepidations with Lord Krishna, the outcome is a lesson the world is learning even today-the Bhagvad Gita.

“Sharing is caring is what all were taught but social media has changed it all.”

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